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Caroll’s Blog Thursday 16th October 2014

I DID warn you last week that I would be talking about Christmas. Apologies if you think it’s too soon, but I would like you to think about joining us in a North East celebration. I would like you all to join our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 12, when we want you to wear your Christmas jumpers with pride and donate £2 to help the children we support. You don’t need to buy a jumper – you could customise something you ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 9th October 2014

I HOPE you are enjoying October. The weather might be quite unseasonable, but it is definitely autumn. What a lovely night we had at Fat Buddha this week to officially launch our 2015 Challenge to Petra, leaving on October 7, 2015. There was lots of interest and lots of questions, from “What will the weather be like?” to “How will I raise the sponsorship money?” which the team from Skyline and the Sunshine Fund answered with confidence and the usual enthusiasm. There are people ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 2nd October 2014

Hi, so here we are in October, I can’t believe how warm it is, I hope you are still managing to make the most of the pleasant weather. What can I say about our Down Toon Abbey Ball, it was a totally amazing night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped from the Marriott staff, our sponsors, ITPS, Intu Eldon Square and Metro Centre, the Marriott Hotel, all our suppliers to our volunteers who helped us set up the room and fundraise ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 25th September 2014

Hi, As autumn sets in it was lovely to see Downton Abbey back on our TV screens. We were all glued to it on Sunday as we put final preparations in place for our Down Toon Abbey Ball tomorrow night. With the final visit to the Marriott to confirm plans and do a final tasting I am confident it is going to be a fabulous evening. Thank you to AB Wedding Cars, North Walbottle, for supplying a fabulous Vintage Car adding a touch ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 18th September 2014

Hi folks, wow, wow and wow I can’t believe we've done it, what an amazing experience China was. All six of us Team Sunshine laughed, cried, sang and danced, in 40 degree heat it was an incredible 10 days. Despite my pneumonia earlier in the year and Joanne having a broken toe we overcame everything to walk the Great Wall of China. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us in fundraising and training. I personally will never forget it and neither will ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 11th September 2014

Hi, Julieanne here I’m standing in for Caroll whilst she is off Trekking China with five other ladies including ncjMedia journalists Rachel Wearmouth and Sarah Scott and Wendy Peffers from Gordon Brown Law Firm. We have had lots of updates and pictures, the team are all ok and doing really well! Please follow us on twitter to see how they are progressing @Sunshine_Fund and if you would like to make a donation please visit Good luck to the team on the rest of their ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 21st August 2014

HI folks. I hope you are enjoying August and looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. I’m counting down the days until I go to China. It’s two weeks from today that the six of us will be on the plane to Beijing. Yippee! I held a Chinese barbecue for family and friends at the weekend and raised another £100, so thank you to everyone for being so generous. I have now raised £2,800 and only have £300 left to go. I’m hoping ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 14th August 2014

Hi folks, hope you have managed to dodge the showers this week. One of my fellow China Trekkers showed me pictures of a previous China Trek trip where the steps look pretty tricky, uneven and downright dangerous in parts, therefore I have changed my training this week. Instead of doing long walks I have concentrated on steps. I did three half-hour sessions of walking up and down the steps at Collingwood Monument in Tynemouth which are quite steep, great for my leg ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 31st July 2014

HI folks, it’s August 1 tomorrow which means we are two-thirds through the year and in the heart of the summer hols, hope you are making the most of it. Good luck to staff from Deloitte Newcastle who are taking part in the London Triathlon this weekend and raising money for The Sunshine Fund. I hope you do well and enjoy the experience. With only five weeks until I go on my China Trek I applied for my Visa, paid my airport taxes ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 24th July

Hi, wow, what a lovely sunny week it’s been. I hope you are making the most of it, whether it’s BBQs or beach or garden. I have done a lot of walking which is really good practice for my China Trek as the conditions will be similar. In six weeks we will be on the China Wall, I can’t wait. Thank you to HP at Cobalt this week for holding a golf day in aid of the Sunshine Fund and raising an ... Read more
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