Rebecca’s Column Thursday 21st July

25 Jul Rebecca’s Column Thursday 21st July


It’s Rebecca Jama here again this week, filling in for our Sunshine Fund director Caroll Pattison.

This will be my last week of writing her column which I have thoroughly enjoyed so hopefully she will invite me back!

Hasn’t the weather been great this week?

I’ve certainly made the most of the sun as we don’t seem to get much of it here in Newcastle.

My partner Danny and I had a lovely time taking our little pug Millie out on lots of walks to enjoy it.

And I hope the sunshine stays as I am attending a golf day at Slaley Hall in Northumberland today.

It’s being held by a lovely gentleman called Richard who is hoping to raise £10,000 for the Sunshine Fund which would support lots of children with disabilities right here in the North East.


Now that our successful Go Bananas appeal is over, we are straight to work on our next round of equipment requests.

Yes, there are always lots of children who need our help: it’s constant.

This week I had an opportunity to look through some of the applications which have came in so far and read a lovely one about a family who are hoping we can help support their six-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy.

This affects her muscle control and movement and she would like a specialist trike which could strengthen her muscles and help with her co-ordination.

Not only that but it would also mean she could be more social and join in activities with her friends.

We receive requests for equipment on a weekly basis which is why keeping the money coming in is so important.

It has been lovely to catch up with Carol from Anchor Retirement Housing in Gateshead.

Last Saturday the location managers held a family fun day at Walker View in Felling in aid of our charity.

Customers, staff and the local community raised a grand total of £1,550 for the Sunshine Fund which is incredible.

They received visits from some great characters: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Elsa, Anna and the Queen of Hearts. There was also a bouncy castle, face-painting, a BBQ, raffle and a tombola – and the weather was great for them.

Carol told us that everyone had a lovely time and were very generous – so thank you all very much!

So, what’s happening now?

As we will soon be heading into August, we are planning our popular Sunshine Ball and Celebrity Question of Sport.

And, of course, we have the Great North Run coming up too, in September, so it is still a busy time!

If you would like to do some fund-raising for us, or attend any of our events, then please do get in touch. Maybe you could do the Coast 2 Coast or organise a bake sale at work?

Every little helps, as they say.

I can’t believe that the kids’ summer holidays are finally upon us! I hope everyone has a fantastic summer.

I myself have just booked a three-night break to Majorca with my sister so I’m looking forward to that and to having some time to relax.

Fingers crossed for more sunshine here for everyone too!

Bye for now,


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