Jumper on the bandwagon for region’s children

04 Dec Jumper on the bandwagon for region’s children

STAFF in companies across the North East will don their Christmas jumpers next Friday to raise money for The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund.

The charity, which will be granting wishes for children with disabilities throughout December, aims to raise £40,000 to buy much-needed specialist equipment. Some 30 companies, including Deloitte, Hay & Kilner and Newcastle College, will take part in a regionwide fundraising event on Friday, December 12, with staff paying £2 to wear a Christmas jumper to work. David Wilkinson, a partner at Deloitte in the North East, said the company was delighted to be supporting the charity. He said: “The Sunshine Fund’s Christmas Jumper Day is one of a number of fundraising activities which our Newcastle office is delighted to take part in.

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“It is great that all money being raised will go towards supporting children with disabilities within our region. “We have 180 staff within our Newcastle office and everyone is looking forward to getting into festive spirit on December 12 by wearing their Christmas jumpers and supporting The Sunshine Fund. I am sure there will be some stand-out jumpers on the day!” The fund is asking the public to help raise money so that it can reach its target of £40,000 and be able to help 32 North East kids by the end of the month. Clare Savory, events manager at the charity, said: “Many thanks to all the companies that have signed up for our first Christmas Jumper Day! “We are aiming to raise £40,000 this Christmas, so we would be delighted for more companies to sign up and take part. “All the money raised will be supporting children with disabilities in the North East.”

The fund is asking companies to join in and get staff wearing their Christmas jumpers on Friday. But even if you can’t wear a jumper, you can still help the charity reach its target of £40,000 by the end of the month by donating.

Cheque donations to the Sunshine Fund can be sent to The Chronicle, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED or made on the justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Sunshine Fund’s Christmas-Jumper/

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