Caroll’s Blog Friday 11th March

11 Mar Caroll’s Blog Friday 11th March

With only two weeks to go until Easter and lots of daffodils popping up, here’s to springtime and the lighter nights.

We have been making plans for both Easter and our upcoming GoBananas campaign.

It’s exciting to come up with new ways to raise money, plus we also need to let those in need of specialist equipment know how to apply for our help.

So, if you know of anyone who is keen to fundraise, volunteer or just spread the word of the work we do, then please get in touch.

Thank you to our Ball and Celebrity Question of Sport committees which both met this week to discuss how to make their prestigious events this year the biggest and best yet to raise even more money.

We rely on these lovely people giving their time and on local companies for prizes and support which we are very grateful for.

The Northern Lights theme for the ball is giving us lots of great ideas. I can’t wait for September: it’s going to be a cracker!

Our fabulous patron Stephen Miller, the Paralympic gold medallist, gave up his own time to collect a cheque from Turtle Bay, the new Caribbean restaurant in Newcastle.

It raised £3,200 from its opening night which was brilliant and will buy much-needed equipment for three local children, so thank you Turtle Bay. Huge thanks, too, to Stephen, who has been really busy in training. I have been speaking to a lovely lady this week who is arranging a Super Sunday event in memory of her daughter Alisha, who passed away couple of years ago. We had helped provide Alisha with a trike, which she loved, and mum Lynne is keen that other children have the same opportunity for support.

It’s lovely that Lynne is choosing to celebrate her daughter’s life in such a positive way.

If you would like to join in, then mark Sunday, April 3, in the calendar and come along to Aspire Fitness Studio in Newton Aycliffe Business Park where there will be back-to-back exercise classes and a raffle. Good luck Lynne, have a fabulous event.

I’m off to a wine tasting event at Rox jeweller shop in Newcastle tonight which Amy Whyte from Gordon Brown Law Firm has organised to raise money for the charity. I can’t wait.

Enjoy your week,

If you would like to support us please contact me on 0191 201 6289 or email caroll.pattison@ncjmedia.co.uk. Check out www.sunshine-fund.org or follow us on Twitter @Sunshine_fund and like our Facebook page Evening Chronicle SunshineFund. To donate, please send a cheque to the Chronicle Office, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED; call the office on the above number, or text SUNF15£3 to 70070

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