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GO Bananas supporters are being urged to boost two Tyneside boys’ chances by helping to fund life-changing laptops.

If the Chronicle Sunshine Fund collects enough cash during June’s annual fundraising drive, it wants to provide the equipment to Gateshead’s

Oliver, 11, has ADHD and autism, while 13-year-old Alex has a disability which leaves him with weakness in his legs and uses a wheelchair.Oliver Carss and Whitley Bay’s Alex Rolls.

Both are in need of laptops to help them get to grips with learning.

Meanwhile, Alex is also in need of a bigger screen to help with poor vision.

Oliver’s mum Claire said : “The ADHD has affected him educationally and, with the structure in class, programs on lap tops are not always available.

“He is very good on computers and this would increase his self-confidence and help him concentrate.

“If he’s doing a piece of work on a computer, the quality is much better. It really does help him. This will make a difference.”

Alex’s mum Diane, said: “The laptop would mean Alex could rest it on his knee and use it for his homework.”


TO donate visit justgiving.com/Go-Bananas-June, call on 0191 201 6090, text GBSF55 followed by the amount to 70070, or deliver donations to The Chronicle’s office reception in Groat Market, Newcastle. Send cheques payable to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED.Julieanne Kelly, Sunshine Fund office manager, said: “Alex and Oliver both need laptops to help with their school work. The software available to help children with disabilities is amazing - everything from helping with reading and writing to counting, and even software to help with communication. We have seen first hand how these packages can help the children we support.”