10 Dec Join Jayden and pull on your festive knitware for a great cause
A CHARITY which helps change the lives of disabled North East children is calling on the public to pull on their festive knitwear for the cause.
The Chronicle Sunshine Fund is asking everyone to wear their Christmas jumpers on Friday in return for a £2 donation, which will go toward buying youngsters and their families much-needed specialist equipment.
The charity, which is granting wishes for children with disabilities throughout December, aims to raise £40,000 this month.
One child supported by the Fund down the years is Jayden Ellens from Washington, who last October received a £330 iPad from the charity to help him communicate and learn new skills.
The three-year-old was born with a genetic condition with left him with an absent left radius and thumb, hypoplasia of the right thumb and dextrocardia glandular hypospadius.
Mum Kathryn Ellens said: “Jayden and his younger brother Ashton both have their reindeer jumpers ready and I have my Christmas earrings!
“We have also persuaded Jayden’s godfather Andrew Stephenson, who is director of school at Newcastle College, to introduce it as his workplace too.
“This is a great fundraiser and I would encourage everyone to get involved because the help that the charity gives is invaluable as families would otherwise not be able to afford the equipment.”
Clare Savory, the Fund’s events manager, added: “A huge thanks to everyone that has signed up to Christmas Jumper day this Friday.
“We would love more people to get involved and help raise funds for the charity. All we ask is for a £2 donation to the Sunshine Fund, which can be paid via the just giving website.
“All the money raised will be supporting children like Jayden. Without support from local people and companies, we would be unable to support so many children with disabilities in the North East.”
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