Caroll’s Column Thursday 6th October

10 Oct Caroll’s Column Thursday 6th October

Wow – I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of the guests at our Sunflower Ball on Friday. We raised a staggering £47,000 which will allow us to buy all of our outstanding equipment for children – and then some.

The night was brilliant: we had an amazing violinist and dancers and Julieanne from the Sunshine Fund team sang with the Lorraine Crosby band.

There was a lovely, friendly atmosphere and many of the families we support were there to relax for the evening and let their hair down, knowing their children were being well looked after.

As guests arrived at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park, they got to pose and show off their outfits against a brilliant backdrop showing the Northern Lights with North East landmarks. Thanks to Jill Roe from Digitalab for producing it and to Angela Carrington from the Bigger Picture for its design and for taking the pictures on the night.

I have to say a big thank you to James Taylor, manager from Carpetright in Wallsend (previously Storey’s), who provided a brilliant service that morning when I called in at the last minute, saving the day by donating a large purple carpet for the front of the canvas.


The success of the event was down to lots of people so thanks to everyone who played a part, including our sponsor Michael Sage from Sage Wealth Management for covering our costs; the ball committee; everyone who donated prizes; the Marriott itself for sponsoring the drinks reception, and Katherine’s Florists Ltd for supplying the beautiful white roses.

Thanks too to the guests who joined in all the fun and gave so generously; the families and celebrities who recorded messages on screen; our fabulous fundraising volunteers and, finally, Bex from BeaconHouse Events.

The evening blew me away and even made me cry when 30 guests stood up and said they would give us £340 to buy an iPad for a local child who struggles to communicate.

On top of all that, we have been busy organising our next event, the Glass Slipper launch at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

We will be opening up the voting for that soon, so if you know of any North East ladies who deserve some recognition and you would like to nominate them, just keep an eye out on our website for details.

Today is the Sunshine Ladies event at the Hilton, where one of our Sunshine mothers is talking about how she juggles her life. She looks after her disabled son and has set up her own business whilst running a home. She is an amazing lady who continues to be positive throughout her struggles.

I’m off back to the Marriott tonight for the North East Charity Awards where it will be lovely to be a guest this time and not have to worry about fundraising.

Good luck to everyone who is up for an award.

Enjoy your weekend,

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