Clare’s Column Thursday 19th May 2016

19 May Clare’s Column Thursday 19th May 2016

Hi, It’s Clare here from the Sunshine Fund team,

I hope you are all having a fantastic week and have enjoyed the lovely weather.

Sadly, this will be my very last column with you as I’m leaving the charity on Thursday, May 26.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the Sunshine Fund; I couldn’t have asked for a better team to be working with and I’d like to say a huge thank-you to Rebecca for all of her support on our events. She has been amazing!

I’m off to work with the lovely teams at intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre so I still will be fully supporting the Sunshine Fund’s Go Bananas appeal.

I can’t wait for the Sunshine Run on Wednesday, June 22. We already have more than 260 runners signed-up but there is still time to enter and anyone interested can email

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I’d also like to say many thanks to all the companies which have supported the Sunshine Fund over the time I have been at the charity.

My biggest thank-you goes to Amy Whyte from Gordon Brown Law Firm. She has been part of the Sunflower Ball committee since I started here and has been a great supporter.

She is also off to trek the Grand Canyon for the charity this year along with Caroll and Julieanne from the team. I wish them all the best of luck. It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime challenge!

I had a fantastic evening last Wednesday at Aveika on Newcastle Quayside for its “pay how you feel evening” in aid of the charity.

The food and service were amazing and I’m already looking forward to my next visit. We raised £1,000 which is amazing so thank-you to everyone who was able to attend.

Next Thursday we have the Gordon Brown Law Firm fashion show taking place at Babucho restaurant, near Aveika.

Models on the day will include mothers of children we have supported: Rachel Kaczmar whose son Max was bought a specialised adapted bed and Debbie Clelland whose daughter Abbie received a stair climber.

I know they will both make amazing models. They were thrilled to be asked and said that is their way of giving something back to the charity.

I also had a great night last Friday at the IMechE’a (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) North East Regional Annual Charity Dinner where we raised an amazing £4,000.

This money will be buying specialised trikes for four children so they can enjoy bike rides with their families. Again, many thanks to everyone who donated on the evening and also to Chris Briggs for organising the event.

As always, we very much welcome any donations and there are a number of ways you can support our charity: send a cheque made payable to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund and post it to the charity at The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED; or why not pop into reception if you are in town.

You can even call me on 0191 201 6090 to make a donation with a credit or debit card.

Check us out at or on Facebook: Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund or Twitter at @Sunshine_Fund.

Clare x

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