Caroll’s Column Friday 3rd March

06 Mar Caroll’s Column Friday 3rd March

Hi there. How did it get to be March?

I’ve a feeling this year is going to fly by. Bring on the spring.

Wow – we raised an amazing £17,500 on Friday afternoon from the lovely generous attendees of our Glass Slipper awards at the Hilton Newcastle/Gateshead.

The money will buy lots of specialist equipment to help local disabled children and their families live better lives.

Also congratulations to all the winners and shortlistees who all had amazing stories to tell. Plus a huge thank you to everyone involved.

Our speaker was Amar Latif who told the audience about his life, including, losing his sight when he was only 18 years old and the challenges he faced including having to find ways to read his course books for university. He went on to get his degree and trained as an Accountant but struggled to fulfil his enjoyment to travel as he couldn’t get the relevant insurance.

So he set up his own travel agency Traveleyes where he pairs up blind and sighted people on holidays all over the world. The sighted guides only pay half the price for the holiday as a thank you for doing the guiding. Amar explained the sighted guides get so much more out of these holidays as they need to take more notice of what they are seeing as they describe their surroundings.

Unfortunately, they currently have a waiting list of blind people wanting to go on their holidays as they don’t have enough sighted guides. If you are interested you can find out more at the Traveleyes website.

I can’t wait to experience one of the holidays later in the year and meet lots of lovely new people and experience a holiday destination through fully open eyes.

Another speaker at the Awards was our little superstar William who signed a thank you to the audience when they welcomed him to the stage with his mam. She told everyone about how much he loves his trike we bought him and how its helping him learn to pedal and use his leg to build his strength.

William loved all the attention he received and smiled through most of the event.

He is such a sociable lad and enjoyed talking to Pam Royle who spent a lot of time talking to him and his mam over lunch. Thank you to them and everyone who made it such a fabulous afternoon.

The Miss Newcastle heats are starting to take place throughout the region and as the chosen charity we are working with some of them to raise as much money as we can.

The Newcastle Skin clinic have launched their online competition to find Miss Skin Clinic, Newcastle. This is such an innovate way to find their contestant whilst raising money and much needed awareness of the sunshine fund.

So please check out the Skin Clinic Facebook page Newcastle Skin Clinic and for every like they receive they will donate 50p to us so we can buy equipment for the children. So please share and like as much as possible. Also good luck to all the ladies entering.

Also, GM Hair in Cullercoats are holding their heat at Noir in Whitley Bay on Saturday March 11. It’s looking like a fabulous evening with the catwalk show, entertainment, raffles and prizes. Tickets are from £10 and include a welcome drink and canapés. If you would like to attend contact Gemma on 0191 2526245.

I am currently looking for a Community Fundraiser so if you or anyone you know is passionate about helping local children with disabilities, is motivated, organised and good on social media please give me a call.

Also we are desperate for volunteers to help us in the office with admin work or organise our collection boxes, if you would like to help please call me on 01912016289.

If you would like to support us please contact me on 0191 2016289 or at

For more information check out our website follow us on Twitter @Sunshine_fund and like our Facebook page Evening Chronicle SunshineFund


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