Rebecca’s Column Thursday 14th July

14 Jul Rebecca’s Column Thursday 14th July

HELLO! It’s Rebecca Jama from the Sunshine Fund here, filling in for Caroll this week.

I hope everyone is doing OK.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am the fundraising co-ordinator at the charity.

I thought I’d introduce myself and let you know what I’ve been up to this week.

It is now the end of June’s Go Bananas appeal and it has been an absolutely fantastic month which saw us working hard, from dressing up as a monkey on Wear Yellow Day to attending a wonderful fashion show hosted by Gordon Brown Law Firm and supported by intu.

We can now announce that we have hit our £60,000 target and are able to support all of the incredible children who were picked to benefit from the appeal!

So, huge thanks go to everyone who got involved and supported us. Your donations made a big difference in buying specialist equipment for those 10 local youngsters who have a range of disabilities.

Thanks also go to Newcastle High School for Girls and Northumberland Church of England Academy whose fundraising efforts in June to support Go Bananas raised more than £1,200 – which is fantastic!

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We had a fabulous morning on Saturday at our Go Bananas after-party at our sponsor intu Eldon Square where we welcomed the children and saw some of the equipment already received.

They all had great fun, thanks to North East-based Hopscotch Entertainment, which sent along Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Spiderman.

The special guest characters were great and the kids loved them.

I had a chance there to speak to the lovely Lucie Ballantyne who came along with her mam and grandma.

Lucie, who’s three-and-a-half, suffers from a muscle disorder and cannot walk without a frame but she has now received a specialist pushchair, thanks to the appeal, which will help both with her posture and with getting around.

The pushchair will also be a huge help for her family as, now that Lucie is getting older, it is proving hard for her mam to lift and carry her.

Meeting the children we support is definitely my favourite part of my job and it makes all of the hard work worthwhile.

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But the work doesn’t stop here as we already have lots of new applications for help coming in ahead of our September meeting. So if you can give any support, big or small-scale, then please do.

I had a great time in London last week volunteering at the Institute of Fundraising Convention. It was great to speak to other fundraisers there about what they do in their own charities and find out if there are any new ideas to learn about.

I also had the opportunity to sit in sessions and gain some hints and tips which I will take back to the office. Watch this space!

Next Thursday I will be attending a golf day at Slaley Hall in Northumberland which promises to be a great event.

There are still slots available for teams to take part and if you would like to book one, then you can email

Money raised on the day will support our Sunshine Fund.

Also, if you would like to speak to us about fundraising for The Chronicle charity or about applying for equipment on behalf of your child, you can contact me by or by calling 0191 201 6066.

Bye for now,


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