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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

Pedal power buys teen a trike seat

An engineer pedalled 240 miles from coast-to-coast to help buy a youngster with cerebral palsy a new trike seat. Ken Wynn, an engineer from Rowlands Gill, cycled from Tynemouth to Workington and back to Tynemouth, travelling 240 miles and climbing 16,000ft. His amazing 24-hour feat saw him raise £1,493 for The Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund as part of the Go Bananas appeal. The money raised went towards buying Chester-le-Street teenager Rebecca Alderson a trike seat. Now, she can enjoy days out and about with friends and ... 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

Downtoon Abbey Ball

THE clock turned back almost a hundred years last night for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund's annual Sunflower Ball. The Downtoon Abbey Ball saw Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park taken back to the glamorous 1920s with guests sporting appropriate tuxedos and ball gowns. Guest enjoyed a sparkling wine reception followed by a three-course meal at the annual event for our fund, which has to date raised thousands of pounds to change the lives of children with disabilities in the North East. There was also superb live entertainment, a disco and ... 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

Glass Slipper Awards 2015

Glass Slipper Awards 2015 We are delighted to announce our judging panel for our Glass Slipper Awards 2015. A huge thanks to all you ladies for your support, Caroline MacKenzie (PA to Helen McArdle at Helen McArdle Care) Lynn Waterman (Sales Director at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead) Amy Whyte (Business Development Manager at Gordon Brown Law Firm) Angela Upex (Head of Business & Commercial for ncj Media) and Helen Atkinson (Marketing Manager at intu Metrocentre)   Thanks to all our Award Sponsors: Gordon Brown Law ... 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 11th September 2014

Hi, Julieanne here I’m standing in for Caroll whilst she is off Trekking China with five other ladies including ncjMedia journalists Rachel Wearmouth and Sarah Scott and Wendy Peffers from Gordon Brown Law Firm. We have had lots of updates and pictures, the team are all ok and doing really well! Please follow us on twitter to see how they are progressing @Sunshine_Fund and if you would like to make a donation please visit Good luck to the team on the rest of their ... 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
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