Go Bananas – and help to ensure appeal bears fruit

Go Bananas - Sunshine Fund

01 Jun Go Bananas – and help to ensure appeal bears fruit

COME and join us – let’s Go Bananas!

Today we are launching our annual month-long campaign to raise funds for needy kids in the North East… and we’re urging YOU to help.

Each day in June we’ll be featuring a story about The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund appeal and helping you get to know the local children who will benefit.

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And here we introduce you to the specially-picked 10 young people whose stories will provide all the incentive needed to support a good cause.

Our Sunshine Fund families were all smiles when they got together to launch Go Bananas, which has set itself its biggest ever target of £60,000.

The Sunshine Fund works year-round to help improve the lives of disabled children across the region by providing them with specialist equipment.

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Go Bananas is its biggest appeal of the year and gets under way once a panel of experts has chosen from a huge number of applications from families who have a child in need.

Last summer’s drive raised £50,000 so charity staff decided to up the target – and the challenge – for 2016.

The range of specialist equipment it wants to buy is, by its nature, expensive, but the difference it makes to the difficult lives of the children is incalculable.

The charity pays for it only if the equipment is not available by any other means than to buy it privately.

It is not available on the NHS and it cannot be provided by the council. Nor can the families afford to buy it.

So, quite simply, the children would never own the equipment if the Sunshine Fund could not buy it for them. That’s why Go Bananas is so important.

The charity has long-term sponsors, and once again intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square are committed to doing their best to ensure the charity’s success.

So, we’re urging everyone to get behind our Go Bananas appeal this month so we can do our best for the 10 children. They come from across the North East and represent a mix of ages.

And the Sunshine Fund does not just help individuals. Organisations and groups are invited to make applications too and the Sunderland Autism Outreach team proved successful this year.

The application from the service, which caters for 1,400 autistic children aged four-plus in the Sunderland area, is for just under £15,000 of equipment for a new sensory room at Columbia Grange School in Washington.

This would pay for 10 iPads, a whiteboard and sensory equipment – all a huge benefit for autism sufferers who tend to be visual learners.

Several of the children are also good with technology so this award would help lots of them in lots of ways to develop their skills.

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