Caroll’s Column – Friday 5th May

08 May Caroll’s Column – Friday 5th May

Hi – I hope you had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and May has started well for you.

I can’t believe we are a quarter of the way through the year already. May is such a lovely month with lots of lovely blossoms, sunshine and longer days, not to mention two Bank Holidays.

Bring on the summer.

Talking of the summer, we are gearing up for our fabulous Go Bananas appeal in June when we will be supporting 10 wonderful local children. A huge thank you to intu Eldon Square and Metrocentre who are sponsoring the event again this year and will be fundraising throughout June. I am currently organising our wheelchair basketball on Friday, June 9, which will be held at intu Metrocentre, while Rebecca is working on our Sunshine Run which is Wednesday, June 21, at 7pm on the Quayside. If you would like to take part in either of these, please call me on 0191 201 6289.

Or why not take part in our Wear Yellow day on Friday, June 16? Join with your friends, colleagues, kids or family. Have some fun dressed in yellow and raise lots of money for the kids. I’ve just bought a lovely bright yellow cardigan – I can’t wait to wear it as it makes me smile when I think of all the fun things we do in June. I have a feeling, though, I may be wearing my banana man or big banana costumes again – oh well, its all for a brilliant cause!

It’s going to be a really busy month but hopefully we will be able to raise our £60,000 target. You were all so generous last year and helped us buy all the equipment for the kids, so fingers crossed you can join in the fun or send us a donation again this year. We will be sharing pictures of the children and their individual stories in June.

In the meantime, please spread the word that June is all about Going Bananas and raising money for the Sunshine Fund children.

Gordon Brown Law Firm are getting involved again this year and have organised a golf day at Ramside Hall to raise money for our Go Bananas appeal.

It’s on Thursday, May 18, and they are looking for both four-ball teams of golfers and non-golfers. I am so excited, I’m going to give it a go, here’s hoping I can actually hit the ball!


Rebecca and I were moved this week in the office when we were contacted by a mam who told us her eight-year-old son is constantly in a wheelchair and wants a special relaxing chair so he can lounge safely and comfortably with his brother and sister at night and watch TV like they do. The lady is going to fill out the application form and get her child’s occupational therapist and doctor to write letters telling us how the little lad will benefit from the chair.

Then once the committee agree the application, hopefully we will have raised the £300 to buy the chair for him. In a couple of months he should be lounging safely and comfortably with his family. This is what the Sunshine Fund is all about – helping local disabled children.

Another thank you this week goes to Miller Homes who donated Easter eggs to lots of our children and families.

Their staff, contractors and local communities donated the eggs, which were given to The Sunshine Fund, Action for Children and Home Start. Rebecca collected the eggs which were in our office for a few days – it was lovely to see, but so tempting!

I hope all our children who received eggs had fun eating them.

I hope you have a productive and fun week, all the very best,


If you would like to support us please contact me on 0191 201 6289 or at

For more information check out our website, follow us on Twitter @Sunshine_fund and like our Facebook page Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund

To donate please send a cheque to the Chronicle Office, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED or call the office on 0191 2016289

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