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Company staff show how easy it is to raise cash for youngsters

Staff went bananas for the day when they dressed down to support the Sunshine Fund’s latest campaign. Workers at business communications firm Cellular Solutions Ltd, in Sunderland, have got right behind our Go Bananas appeal, dressing in bright yellow outfits for the day in aid of charity. They also have a golf day planned for later in the year to help drum up more cash. Mike Bowers Managing Director said: “We wanted to support the Sunshine Fund’s appeal and organised a dress down day to ... Read more

Family hope Chronicle readers will help them buy lifting equiptment

Making the most of the outdoors at this time of year is something Cameron Heeley is restricted from doing. The 15-year-old, who suffers from a condition known as global development delay, can’t move around like most teenagers and relies on his parents to get out and about. But as the smiley Chester-le-Street lad has grown, it’s become increasingly difficult for mum Joanne and dad Jonathan to carry him around. The high-spec hoist and sling that would make all their lives easier costs more than ... Read more

Nathan is looking to stand tall with help

Smiley Nathan Howell could be on his way to a more mobile life with the help of readers. The 10-year-old, from Newcastle, suffers a range of illnesses and disabilities that prevent him from being able to move around easily unaided. But with the help and support of readers, it is hoped all that could change for the Percy Hedley pupil. At the beginning of June we launched the Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal where we are asking people to join our mission to ... Read more

You can help Danny play with friends

A young lad whose disability trike was stolen by thieves is in line to get a new one – but only if readers get behind our fundraising appeal. Danny Walker was left devastated when the specialist trike that enabled him to play outdoors with his friends was snatched from his back garden in December last year. The 12-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, which particularly affects his legs, relied heavily on the bike to get around and his mum, Lisa, says he is missing ... Read more

Bar chain goes bananas for Sunshine Fund

Supporting fund is such good taste Bar chain goes bananas for Sunshine appeal BANANAS on the menu at two North East bars will not only satisfy the taste buds, but also raise money for disabled Tyneside children Barluga on Grey Street in Newcastle and in Morpeth, Northumberland, have decided to show their support for the Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas campaign to raise a massive £20,000 for the charity throughout the month. Both branches will be donating £1 for every banana cheesecake with caramelised ... Read more

Can you help kids like Alfie?

Go bananas and be part of fundraising he shied away from talking and struggled to make friends but now Alfie Gascoigne is growing up to be a little chatterbox. Parents of the four-year-old became concerned about the youngster when they noticed how he didn’t like to speak or be in loud and busy situations. And it wasn’t until his two year check-up that he was diagnosed as having autism. Mum Keeley Grey, who didn’t have any prior knowledge of the condition, said: “Most kids start ... Read more

Brave pair will be on the move

GENEROUS readers have helped raise enough money to transform the lives of  two little lads. Charlie Atkinson and Harley Stallard are just two of the young stars who are in desperate need of grants to enable them to buy specialist equipment to make their everyday lives that little bit easier. At the start of June we launched the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund Go Bananas appeal in which we called on readers to do their bit to help raise £20,000 so the charity can hand ... Read more

Ex-Miss Newcastle getting very fruity

A former Miss Newcastle is going bananas. Rachelle Graham has pledged her support to the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund Go Bananas appeal.The 22-year-old beauty, is preparing to battle it out for the Miss England title but showed her fun side as she backed our mission to raise £20,000 by the end of June. Rachelle, who is dating Toon striker Papiss Cisse, said: “The Sunshine Fund is a fantastic charity and I’m delightedto be supporting their Go Bananas campaign to help raise £20k. “As the ... Read more

Livello’s bar staff doing the banana splits and lawyers on the run!

BAR staff are shaking up a treat as they go bananas for our appeal. Livello are throwing their support behind the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund campaign which is aiming to raise £20,000 throughout the month of June to help disabled youngsters in the region buy specialised equipment.The up-market nightspot has launched a limited edition Banana Split cocktail inspired by the theme of the Go Bananas appeal. A percentage of the money paid for each of the cocktails during June will go toward the ... Read more

A twin buggy for Frankie and Charlie would make the world of difference

Trying to juggle two young children is hard enough but Kristie Marsh struggles more than most. The 27-year-old, from North Shields, North Tyneside, is hoping Chronicle readers will get behind the Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal which could help transform her everyday life.With two sons – Frankie Hutchinson, two, and Charlie Atkinson, six, who has autism – getting out and about can be difficult. Charlie has severe challenging behavior and often tries to run away when out with Kristie in the community making it almost ... Read more
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