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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

Caroll’s column

WOW – what a week I have had with the launch of our Go Bananas Appeal in the paper. I have been inundated with requests for support from more families who need our help, information on how to get involved, plus offers of support including cash and cheques which is fab. It all kicked off on Saturday when I had the pleasure of joining families at the Busy Bees Nursery on Cobalt Business Park for the official Go Bananas launch which was a ... Read more

Harley Stallard has already proved one prediction wrong

Doctors warned he would never walk or talk – but Harley Stallard has already proved one prediction wrong. Now the two-year-old’s hopeful parents are keeping their fingers crossed he will defy medics to walk with the help of specialized equipment which will develop his fitness and build muscles. Harley, who lives in Washington with parents Claire and Shaun, was born three months prematurely and on just his second day of life he suffered a bleed on the brain that left him with ... Read more

Every single penny counts

TV favourites Ant and Dec today urged the North East to get behind our Sunshine Fund charity challenge. As patrons of the charity, they are encouraging people to do their bit to help raise £20,000 in the newly launched Go Bananas appeal. The charity is hoping to raise the money to provide much-needed specialised equipment to needy youngsters in the region. Newcastle-born Ant and Dec took time out from their hectic Britain’s Got Talent schedule to make the plea on behalf of the charity. Dec said: “As ... Read more

Tots out in force for Sunshine Fund

TOTS turned silly and went bananas to help towards raising £20,000 for disabled youngsters in the region. Scores of toddlers and their families packed up a picnic and enjoyed a fun day at Cobalt Office Park in North Tyneside in support of the Chronicle Sunshine Fund Go Bananas appeal.The office park teamed up with the Just Learning Day Nursery on site to host a Chimps Picnic on Saturday where everyone dressed up for the occasion. Participants brought along cuddly monkeys, dressed in animal onesies, wore yellow ... Read more
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