30 Jan It’s a ray of Sunshine for pupil Ellie
SCHOOLGIRL Ellie Firth is able to get out and about with her friends and family thanks to a donation from a North East business.
The Newcastle youngster received a new trike from the Chronicle Sunshine Fund after Intu Eldon Square made a generous donation to the disabled children’s charity.
The money allowed the Sunshine Fund to buy the specialised three-wheeled bike for the pupil of Sir Charles Parsons School, in Walker, Newcastle.
Patsie Beaton, regional operations manager at Intu Retail Services, said: “It’s fantastic to see Ellie with her new trike. Intu Eldon Square were delighted to fund the trike for Ellie so she can enjoy cycling with her friends.
“The staff from Intu Eldon Square really enjoyed their visit to Sir Charles Parsons School and seeing how happy Ellie was with her new trike. We were thrilled to support the Sunshine Fund as they are a great charity that help so many children with disabilities.”
The Sunshine Fund has supported Sir Charles Parsons School for some time, having already handed out specialised equipment to the school.
Ellie is now able to enjoying playing with other friends who also have trikes.
Clare Savory, Sunshine Fund events manager, said: “We are delighted with the support from Intu Eldon Square, Ellie was over the moon with her new trike.
“She is now able to enjoy family bike rides, which is fantastic for the family to get out and be active.
“She also loves having the trike at school as she is able to go out cycling with her class mates. Without the generous support of local companies like Intu Eldon Square we would be unable to support so many children with disabilities in the North East.
“All the money raised and donated to the Sunshine Fund supports local children.”
For anyone who would like to help raise funds for the Sunshine Fund, there are many events to get involved with, including the Coast to Coast event on May 17 and 18. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org