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Caroll’s Blog Thursday 16th October 2014

I DID warn you last week that I would be talking about Christmas. Apologies if you think it’s too soon, but I would like you to think about joining us in a North East celebration. I would like you all to join our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, December 12, when we want you to wear your Christmas jumpers with pride and donate £2 to help the children we support. You don’t need to buy a jumper – you could customise something you ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 9th October 2014

I HOPE you are enjoying October. The weather might be quite unseasonable, but it is definitely autumn. What a lovely night we had at Fat Buddha this week to officially launch our 2015 Challenge to Petra, leaving on October 7, 2015. There was lots of interest and lots of questions, from “What will the weather be like?” to “How will I raise the sponsorship money?” which the team from Skyline and the Sunshine Fund answered with confidence and the usual enthusiasm. There are people ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 2nd October 2014

Hi, so here we are in October, I can’t believe how warm it is, I hope you are still managing to make the most of the pleasant weather. What can I say about our Down Toon Abbey Ball, it was a totally amazing night. Thank you so much to everyone who helped from the Marriott staff, our sponsors, ITPS, Intu Eldon Square and Metro Centre, the Marriott Hotel, all our suppliers to our volunteers who helped us set up the room and fundraise ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 25th September 2014

Hi, As autumn sets in it was lovely to see Downton Abbey back on our TV screens. We were all glued to it on Sunday as we put final preparations in place for our Down Toon Abbey Ball tomorrow night. With the final visit to the Marriott to confirm plans and do a final tasting I am confident it is going to be a fabulous evening. Thank you to AB Wedding Cars, North Walbottle, for supplying a fabulous Vintage Car adding a touch ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 18th September 2014

Hi folks, wow, wow and wow I can’t believe we've done it, what an amazing experience China was. All six of us Team Sunshine laughed, cried, sang and danced, in 40 degree heat it was an incredible 10 days. Despite my pneumonia earlier in the year and Joanne having a broken toe we overcame everything to walk the Great Wall of China. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us in fundraising and training. I personally will never forget it and neither will ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 21st August 2014

HI folks. I hope you are enjoying August and looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. I’m counting down the days until I go to China. It’s two weeks from today that the six of us will be on the plane to Beijing. Yippee! I held a Chinese barbecue for family and friends at the weekend and raised another £100, so thank you to everyone for being so generous. I have now raised £2,800 and only have £300 left to go. I’m hoping ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 10th July 2014

WHAT a strange week for weather. One minute it’s sunny, the next we have thunderstorms, you just don’t know what to wear. I attended the Journal and Gazette Schools Awards at Ramside Hall, Durham, on Tuesday. It was a really good event and watching the kids perform was super and reminded me of attending school plays with my kids although they are so much better with technology now, they leave me standing. Anna Foster was hosting and she was super with kids and ... Read more

I’m blown away by the generosity

Hi, now England’s World Cup experience is over, here’s to enjoying the rest of the summer. I am delighted to say our Go Bananas appeal is going tremendously well. You have helped us raise more than £18,000 so far in June, which is amazing in three weeks. I knew the North East people were generous but I have been blown away by people’s kindness this week. The team has been so busy helping people with fundraising queries and events and visiting the ... Read more

Caroll’s Blog 19th June 2014

Hi, I hope your week is going well, whether your watching football or avoiding it. I am delighted to say our Go Bananas appeal is going tremendously well. You have helped us raise over £11,000 which is brill. We are over half-way through the month-long campaign and we have managed to buy equipment for six children now so a huge thank you to all of you who have supported us. Lots of people are getting into the Go Bananas spirit which is fab. Special ... Read more

Go Bananas and help Nat out a little

WHEN little Nat Walker was born, doctors did not think he would make it. The two-year-old was premature and spent his first four months in Newcastle RVI’s special care baby unit. He was placed on oxygen for the first two years and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy so severe doctors are certain he will never walk and will struggle to communicate. But to mum and dad Sally and Neil, all the hard work of caring for Nat is a labour of love. Five years ... Read more
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