Caroll’s Blog Fri 16th Sept

23 Sep Caroll’s Blog Fri 16th Sept


I hope you all made the most of what is possibly the last of the summer weather!

As I have been in the house a lot over the summer, it’s lovely to be getting out and about, enjoying lots of meetings and catching up. Seeing everyone at the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle on Friday was a lot of fun and we had a fabulous afternoon tea raising money for Lesley Lister’s Grand Canyon trek.

It was a great way of enjoying time with lovely ladies whilst raising money to support our Sunshine children – and good luck with your fundraising Lesley.

I am now looking forward to getting out and seeing some of the children who were recently bought equipment by our charity.

I’ll hopefully visit Abbie Clelland soon to see how her hot tub is helping with the painful muscle spasms she suffers due to her genetic condition.

We know it has made a difference and her mam Debbie tells me she struggles to get Abbie out of the tub as she loves it so much.

Thank you again to everyone who donated to our Go Bananas appeal which made it possible to buy this and a range of specialist equipment to help other local youngsters with disabilities.

And congratulations to all our Great North Runners who ran their socks off on Sunday to complete the challenge and raise lots of money for the fund.

They were rewarded with a warm welcome and a massage in our marquee after the finish line.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day and to Winn Solicitors of Newcastle for sponsoring the marquee.

And thanks too to NatWest, the biggest team to run for us with a fabulous 20 members. I hope you enjoyed it again this year!

It was lovely to see Sarah Hall, one of our patrons, going all-out in her fancy dress outfit in such hot weather and raising over £1,000. Well done Sarah.

Sarah Hall, one of the Sunshine Fund's trustees who ran in fancy dress on behalf of the charity in the Great North Run

Sarah Hall, one of the Sunshine Fund’s trustees who ran in fancy dress on behalf of the charity in the Great North Run

On Tuesday we had our first ever Sunshine family session at the Vermont hotel. Thanks to our speaker Peter Harrison who talked about accessible play for children.

Paul from our team, who is on secondment from John Lewis in Newcastle, worked really hard to make this happen: thank you Paul for all your hard work.

Paul has also arranged for the charity to have a stand at DNEX 2016 Disability North event this year, so if you are going along to the Newcastle Racecourse exhibition on September 21-22, then please come and see us.

We will be at Stand C 20 in the Colonel Porter Hall and will have a great competition with a chance to win a meal for two at Rossopomodoro, the Italian restaurant at John Lewis in Newcastle. Thanks to them for donating the prize.

And finally thanks to Hampton by Hilton Newcastle for hosting our Iceland trek information night,

This is set to be another fabulous challenge of a fundraiser. The scenery looks amazing and fingers crossed I will be able to take part in it next July. If you would like to join it then please give me a call.

With just two weeks to go until our Northern Lights Ball at the Marriott Gosforth Park, there is lots going on in the office. We are also delighted to have Newcastle’s BeaconHouse Events on board to help with the arrangements. The company is very professional and helping us with prizes for our fundraising night.

If you or anyone you know would like to donate a prize please get in touch – it’s a great way to support the charity.

I hope you have a lovely week,

Take care,

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