Caroll’s Column Friday 30th September 2016

10 Oct Caroll’s Column Friday 30th September 2016

Here we are at the end of September and it truly feels like autumn.

The good news is it is only 12 weeks until Christmas and the shops are getting all their decorations in – yippee!

We have been busy this week sorting out the vegetarian guests from the meat-eaters for our Northern Lights ball today at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel.

And there are so many food allergies these days I feel sorry for the chef!

I would like to say thank-you to everyone who has donated prizes to the ball. With companies donating raffle and auction prizes we will hopefully hit our £25,000 target. There are far too many people to mention but all should be very proud for helping us.

Also thanks go to our fund-raising volunteers; without them we wouldn’t raise as much money.

They have to stand most of the night but always do so with a smile.

Paul from the team has also had a very busy week. Since last Thursday, he spent two days at Newcastle Racecourse at the DNEX (Disability North Exhibition), talking to families we can potentially support.


All the team visited the stand and Joanne Brown and Heather Turner, two mothers whose children the charity has supported, volunteered to help, so thanks to them too.

We met lots of lovely people and gave out information so hopefully we’ll received applications before our next meeting in November.

I spoke to one family who are currently fundraising to buy a motorised wheelchair for their child who has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to walk.

They were delighted when I suggested we could help so, once we receive their application and the committee agrees the funding, we will be spending some of

the money raised during the ball on this much-needed wheelchair.

It makes the hard work of fund-raising so worthwhile when we see the difference such equipment makes to the lives of disabled children and their families.

Paul will be again raising awareness of the charity when he attends a South Tyneside information day at Hedworth Hall in South Shields tomorrow from 10am until 2pm,

He will be explaining the importance of fund-raising and how people in need of help can apply for it. Hopefully he won’t be too tired at the ball afterwards!

He has also been working on arranging our second Sunshine Families meeting which will be held at The Vermont Hotel in Newcastle on Tuesday.

It will be a very relaxed event where families can share their experiences and tips.

If you know of any families who have a disabled or poorly child who would like to join us or who might need specialist equipment then please get in touch. We would love to help.

I’m having an early night tonight so that I will be refreshed and ready for the very long day at the ball. We will be preparing the room during the day then it will be time to don the glad-rags and dancing shoes to enjoy fund-raising and fun with our 300 expected guests.

I’m sure it will be a fabulous night and fingers-crossed we raise lots of money for the kids.

Watch out for the update in the paper and I hope you have a lovely weekend,

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