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TV favourites Ant and Dec today urged the North East to get behind our Sunshine Fund charity challenge. As patrons of the charity, they are encouraging people to do their bit to help raise £20,000 in the newly launched Go Bananas appeal.

The charity is hoping to raise the money to provide much-needed specialised equipment to needy youngsters in the region.

Newcastle-born Ant and Dec took time out from their hectic Britain’s Got Talent schedule to make the plea on behalf of the charity.

Dec said:

“As patrons of the Chronicle Sunshine Fund we would like to wish them all the very best of luck for their Go Bananas appeal. We hope that all the people of the North East have some fun with their friends, neighbours or colleagues throughout June and raise money for local children with disabilities who desperately need specialist equipment to help them live their lives to the full.”


Ant added:

“We know how generous the North East can be so no matter how much it is every penny counts. We are lucky enough to have some of the families who have been supported by the Sunshine Fund and know how much difference the equipment means to their lives, so please have some fun and raise as much money as you can.”

Ant and Dec have been patrons of the Fund for years and frequently dedicate their time to attend events and help spread the word of the charity. Fellow patrons Paralympian Stephen Miller and ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle also back our call.

Stephen said:

“For this month we really need everyone to get involved in the Go Bananas campaign. The Sunshine Fund can change lives of disabled children in the North East. More children than ever need the help of the Sunshine Fund, which is why we are targeting to raise £20,000 in June. With your help we can do it.”

Pam added:

“The Sunshine Fund needs to raise £20k by the end of this month to help youngsters across Tyneside. We realise it’s a big ask but there has been a huge increase in demand from families needing help and we cannot let them down.”

We will be championing the Go Bananas appeal throughout the whole of June where we will be calling on everyone to do something wild to enable us to reach a fundraising target of £20,000 by the end of the month.

Whether it be getting sponsored to lie in a bath of custard, staging a Zumbathon, organising tea and cake morning, there are scores of different ways to help.

Those who don’t have the time to organise an event can help just by donating a couple of pounds as every penny counts towards bettering these children’s and their families’ lives.

Fundraisers can also sign up to take part in this year’s Sunshine Run. The annual 5k run, which is sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, will take place on June 26 and money raised from the event will hopefully help us reach £20k.

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