08 Dec Ladies who lunch and bring sunshine to all with their generosity
BUSINESSWOMEN from across the North East have been raising money for the Chronicle Sunshine Fund throughout the year. The Sunshine Ladies, who represent around 30 different North East companies, have been getting together at networking events over the course of the year.
Each ticket sold for their events has put £2 towards the charity, raising a total of £428. Sunshine fund manager Julieanne Kelly said: “We would like to thank all the ladiesthat have attended Sunshine Ladies this year.
“The group has raised £428 throughout the year which is fantastic. “We will use this money to purchase specialised equipment for children with disabilities in the area.” The charity, which will be granting wishes for children with disabilities throughout December, aims to raise £40,000 to buy much-needed specialised equipment by Christmas.
The fund is asking the public to help raise money so that they can reach their target of £40,000 and be able to help 32 North East kids by the end of the month. The Sunshine Ladies will continue to do their bit for the fund throughout the festive period, with all 30 women taking part in the charity’s Christmas Jumper Day next Friday.
Lynn Waterman, who works at the Hilton hotel in Gateshead, said she had enjoyed being a Sunshine Lady for the year. She said: “Sunshine Ladies is a great opportunity to network with local like minded business women and gives introduction to other sectors, while at the same time supporting a great charitable cause. “The Sunshine Fund helps provide much needed equipment to our children in the region and we’re delighted to host this networking event at Hilton.”
Amy Whyte, who works at Gordon Brown Law, said she had made many friends at the networking events.She said: “The Sunshine Ladies offers a relaxed opportunity to network and meet other business women in a relaxed friendly environment with the benefit of raising money and awareness of the Sunshine Fund. “Since I started attending the monthly lunch a couple of years ago, I have forged some fantastic friendships and made plenty of new business contacts as well as gained a greater knowledge of the fantastic work of the charity.”