05 Jun Fashion Show & Toddle
A FASHION show and sponsored toddle raised more than £3,000 for children with disabilities in the North East.
The events were held in aid of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s ongoing Go Bananas appeal, as the charity aims to raise £50,000 during June so it can provide life-changing equipment to North East families in need.
Last Saturday saw youngsters at Busy Bees Nursery in Cobalt Business Park dress up in yellow for a walk around the local area, equipped with a map and list of clues to look out for along the route.
There were bananas and monkey cakes for finishers, as well as face-painting, monkey masks to colour in and lots of competitions, like ‘guess the number of monkey nuts in the jar’.
Nursery manager Victoria Solomon said: “I am so happy that once again we have helped to launch Go Bananas for the Sunshine Fund this year.
“We love supporting the charity and our staff, children and their families really enjoyed the toddle and the weather was great! We hope that the £275 raised through sponsorship will really make a difference to the local children who need it.”
Cobalt itself has also supported the fund for more than three years through a range of events, and recently hosted the Cobalt Duathlon, which saw more than 100 people take part.
Caroll Pattison, Sunshine Fund director, said: “It was lovely to see so many families taking part in the toddle this year – having fun whilst raising money for our Go Bananas appeal.
“Thank you to all who took part and especially to the nursery staff who organised the whole thing and even dressed as monkeys and bananas on the day.”
Meanwhile, intu Metrocentre showcased some of the latest trends on Wednesday when it hosted a fashion show organised by Gordon Brown law firm with help from OPR communications. More than 60 women attended the yellow-themed show at Gusto in aid of Go Bananas.
Amy Whyte, business development manager at Gordon Brown, said: “I’d like to give a big thank you to all the local businesses who offered up their time and expertise to help put the event together.
“The Prosecco and conversation flowed and our generous attendees all dug deep, seeing us raise over £3,000 for children with disabilities in the North East.”
Helen Atkinson, marketing manager for intu Metrocentre, added: “Not only did the event give the ladies of the North East an opportunity to get together, network and see some of the latest fashion trends, it also provided an insight into the tireless work which the charity does, and that has been a pleasure to see.” Clare Savory, Sunshine Fund events manager, said: “It was a fantastic afternoon of fizz and fashion and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.
“A huge thank you to Gordon Brown Law Firm, OPR and intu Metrocentre for putting on this event.”