Caroll’s Column Friday 21st November 2016

21 Oct Caroll’s Column Friday 21st November 2016

What a lovely week it’s been, although cold it makes me smile to see the blue skies and sunshine.

As I’m still struggling to walk far, I had a lovely drive along the coast taking in the beautiful views.

Talking of views, our trekkers have been sending us some fabulous pictures from the Grand Canyon and it looks amazing.

Julieanne seems to be coping with her fear of heights but I’m sure there will be some tales to tell when they get back next week.

I can’t wait to hear all about it. Good luck trekkers and thank you to everyone who has sponsored them. I know the ladies will all be working hard to complete the challenge to make sure the children all benefit from their efforts.


It’s been busy in the office this week – Rebecca is organising our Celebrity Question of Sport event, which is held at the Hilton on November 24.

Pete Graves from Sky Sports is our compère for the evening for this exciting, fun quiz night.

If anyone would like to take a table, we have a couple left so please get in touch.

Paul has returned to his role at John Lewis but I’m delighted to say he can’t stay away and was in the office on Tuesday to catch up.

He is working with some of our families to create a support network, which will hopefully spread the word to more families who need our help whilst also letting people know we need people to fundraise for us.

If you think we could help your child or someone you know who has a child with disabilities, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I’m always up for a chat.

I am working on our Christmas appeal, which I will be telling you more about next week.

I was delighted to visit Northern Counties School on Friday to discuss the project with staff and of course see the lovely Signed Singers choir again.

We are hoping to be able to raise £30,000 so they can buy a minibus which will help them get to their signing appearances easier and safer.

The children were all excited as they were asked to wear Christmas hats and tinsel. Fingers crossed we can get as many people as possible to wear their Christmas jumpers on Friday, December 9, and raise money to buy the minibus.

Thank you to Bex at BeaconHouse Events who is working on our Glass Slipper event.

We are about to launch nominations next week and are looking for lots of lovely North East ladies who do incredible things. There are lots of categories, so if you know any woman who you think deserves an award, I’m sure you will be able to place them – from best Newcomer, Woman in the Community to Lifetime achievement and many more.

Please check out our website or contact us for more details.

We shortlist three ladies in each category who then come along to the event in February at the Hilton as our guests.

It’s a lovely event celebrating local ladies whilst raising money to buy specialist equipment for the kids we support.

I’m off to the Equality Awards at Ramside Hall tonight as we are the benefiting charity. Thank you to Equality North East for choosing to support the charity and good luck to all the entrants – here’s to a good night.

Have a fab week, take care,


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