Caroll’s Blog Thurs 6th August 2015

06 Aug Caroll’s Blog Thurs 6th August 2015

Hi folks,

I hope you enjoyed all the pictures of Dec and Ali’s wedding at the weekend. I was glued to ChronicleLive on my phone to see all the pictures.

I thought our fabulous patrons Ant and Dec looked dapper as they arrived but Ali totally stole the show – she looked absolutely gorgeous.

Congratulations and good luck to them both: they are lovely people who do a lot for the children we support and many other charities and good causes.

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I bet there was some fun at the reception as they had a fabulous guest list of people who looked like they knew how to enjoy themselves.

It’s quite quiet in the office at the moment, with a lot of people on holiday, and it’s a great opportunity for us to catch up and make plans.

I was delighted I had a phone call from my auntie who read my column last week and has volunteered to make some Christmas jumpers for our Sunshine Teddies. Thank you Auntie Susan, I can’t wait to see them.

Rebecca has been busy this week booking masseurs for our Great North Runners. If you know of anyone who is free on September 13 to help, please ask them to get in touch.

We have 100 runners taking part so we expect to be busy in our marquee as the families meet up and celebrate.

If you have a place and would like to raise money for local disabled and poorly children please get in touch – we have lovely Sunshine Fund vests for you to run in.

There seems to be an awful lot of people running at the moment. I hope all our runners are doing well with their training including our Clare from the office who is running for us this year. Come on Clare, we are looking for a good time – no pressure!

Our inspiration this week comes from some lovely photographs of Jaide Armstrong, a teenager we bought a motorised wheelchair for this year.

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The new wheelchair is expected to open up a new life for Jaide, enabling her to get out more, and her dad Mark sent us the pictures saying how she had been able to enjoy a lovely day out in Durham in it.

Jaide’s problems include multiple pituitary dysfunction, scoliosis and mixed motor problems and she finds it hard to walk far.

She loves the ball sport boccia and the chair will also help her take part in more sport.

Here’s to many more trips out Jaide. Glad it’s working well for you and thank you to everyone who helped us raise the £1,968 to buy the chair.

We’re all off to our Sunshine Ladies networking meeting today at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead to learn more about blogging from Alex Purvis from Pink Label Marketing.

I’m also looking forward to hearing what the ladies have been up to this month and to another productive day.

I love the Hilton: the view across the river is amazing and I find it an inspiring place – great for coming up with new ideas. As it’s now under nine weeks until our Petra Trek, I put my hiking boots on twice at the weekend. I walked along the seafront from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay and back on Saturday, then I did South Shields on Sunday, stopping to listen to Collabro play in Bents Park: it was fab. I love the North East, there is so much happening.

I managed two hours each day on my walks which was a good start; hopefully I’ll be up to two-three hours next week.

If anyone has any suggestions for good round-route walks, please let me know as I like to see different places.

Have a good week – hopefully a sunny one!

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