Julieanne’s Column Thursday 4th August

08 Aug Julieanne’s Column Thursday 4th August

Hi,

It’s Julieanne Kelly from the Sunshine Fund team here this week.

Hope you are all having a great week! And, with it being holiday time, I hope all our supporters have lots of fun over the summer.

I have been busy looking at all the applications that have come in for specialised equipment for children in the area who have disabilities.

We have had a huge mix as always, ranging from trikes and iPads to a minibus for a local organisation which we are excited about!

This is the best part of my job, helping people in the area.

If you are looking to apply for help from the Sunshine Fund, then don’t forget the deadline is September 9. If you need any support please email me at julieanne.kelly@ncjmedia.co.uk

So far, we have 18 children and that one organisation looking for assistance, and the requested equipment totals around £42,000, so again we face a busy few months ahead with fundraising.

As always, we welcome donations from the local community which really help us a great deal.

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To make a donation you can call us on 0191 201 6090; post a cheque to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED; or pop into reception with a cheque or cash.

Today we will be having our monthly networking group for business ladies in the area, when our “Sunshine Ladies” come together to support our work.

I missed the meeting last month so I am looking forward to catching up with everyone.

A few more thank-yous this week: Lynne Harrison brought in £900 which she raised at Aspire Fitness in Newton Aycliffe with a charity day in memory of her late daughter Alisha – thank you so much!

Thanks too to the Stallard family who regularly help us by volunteering. Mum Claire comes into the office each week to help count money and to do our thank-you letters, and the whole family always attend our events to help with bucket collections.

Another huge thank-you goes to Hopscotch Entertainments in Whitley Bay whose characters proved a hit with this year’s Sunshine families.

The likes of Spiderman and Belle gave up their Saturday afternoon to entertain the youngsters helped by the Go Bananas appeal. They were very professional and the children loved them!

Last but not least, we have launched our fund-raising trek for next year: we will be off to Iceland from July 12-16. If you would like to know more about this then please email me at the above address.

We have had a great response so far so we hope to get a large group together, all raising money for a great cause.

That’s all the news for this week.

For more information about the charity please visit our website at www.sunshine­fund.org or like our Facebook page The Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund or follow us on Twitter: @Sunshine_Fun

Julieanne x

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