Caroll’s Column Thursday 24th December 2015

06 Jan Caroll’s Column Thursday 24th December 2015

HI folks, here we are on Christmas Eve, I hope you are putting the finishing touches and looking forward to your celebrations.

Congrats to Amy Whyte from Gordon Brown who organised a Christmas screening of Home Alone at the Tyneside Cinema on Tuesday to raise money for her Grand Canyon Trek.

It was a great morning made special by the cheers and shouts from the children in the audience who were getting so excited for Santa.

Amy had organised a raffle and sweets for the children to raise additional money.

We had a special visit at the cinema from the Queen of the Jungle Vicky Pattison who enjoyed time talking to the children following the film, hearing all about their Christmas plans.

The children were all excited, Aysha loved the hat and scarf set Vicky bought her and couldn’t wait to wear it!

Harley wanted to know if Vicky had been cooking eggs before she arrived to fill herself up after being in the jungle and Abbie and her family were delighted to meet Vicky after watching her win the crown on ITV’s I’m a celebrity.

Harley was in hospital whilst Vicky was on TV and his mam told me that Vicky had cheered him up when she did her squirrel challenge flying through the air in a squirrel costume, catching nuts.

Amy will be joining 15 other local people including me who have signed up for our Grand Canyon Trip next October.

It is going to be a magical experience with a few days in Las Vegas at the end to wind down. We are hoping to raise £15,000 from the trek so I’m sure you will be hearing a lot more about our fundraising.

If you would like to join the trek, please get in touch for more details.

A special thank you to Mike Bowers of Cellular Solutions who has yet again donated £1,000 to the Sunshine Fund in lieu of Christmas cards.

It is such a fab gesture and supports another three children every year.

Mike sets up a Justgiving page which he sends to his contacts with his Christmas wishes and some of them also donate which is amazing for the charity.

Hadrian School Christmas concert was brilliant with the children all dressed in handmade costumes with fairy lights and tinsel around their wheelchairs.

Their singing was amazing, it’s great how everyone gets involved.

Well done to the children and the staff who organised it, a very happy and emotional morning was had by all.

I have sang lots this week as I also attended the Hay & Kilner Carol Concert at St Nicholas’s Cathedral in Newcastle which was so festive, I love signing carols at Christmas, it reminds me of school nativity plays, such happy memories.

Happy Christmas to you all, we have been so pleased with the support we have received from all our supporters and also good wishes from the families we have supported this year.

I am always blown away by people’s generosity at this time of year, truly amazing, definitely the season of goodwill. I’m off to As You Like it on Boxing Night for the Holly Ball, it’s always a fabulous night. Tickets are available from As You Like It but they’re selling out fast.

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. To donate, please send a cheque to the Chronicle Office, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED, or call the office on 0191 2016289 or donate at or  text SUNF15£3 to 70070. I hope you have a fabulous festive season!

Merry Christmas,


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