02 Jun We’re so intu helping
TWO Tyneside shopping centres are throwing their weight behind Go Bananas fundraising with a range of money-making events.
This year’s annual June appeal by The Chronicle Sunshine Fund is sponsored by intu, which runs Eldon Square and the Metro Centre – and the big name backer is pulling out all the stops to help raise as much cash as possible.
The charity hopes to raise £50,000 during the month, helping it provide specialist equipment to 10 disabled North East children, as well as to The Percy Hedley Foundation’s sports academy.
Patsie Beaton, manager at intu Metrocentre, said: “We have supported the Sunshine Fund for a couple of years now as they are a fantastic local charity.
“The staff have all really got behind this year’s campaign and come up with some fantastic ideas to help raise money throughout June.”
Staff members have committed to taking part in Friday’s ‘Get Your Bake On’, where they will be making tasty treats and selling them to colleagues and customers for the cause, before next Friday’s ‘Wear Yellow Day’ which will see them donate £2 for the privilege of wearing a yellow item of clothing.
Meanwhile, intu is also entering a team into the Quayside’s 5k Sunshine Run on Wednesday, June 24, and its fittest fundraisers are even taking on a 270-mile ‘coast-to-coast-to-coast’ cycle ride over the weekend of June 27 and 28.
Finally, intu Metrocentre is hosting a wheelchair basketball competition on Friday, June 19, which spectators are invited to attend.
Phil Steele is manager of intu Eldon Square and, along with colleagues, recently met some of the families that Go Bananas aims to support in 2015.
He said: “We are thrilled to be to part of this year’s Go Bananas campaign.
“It was fantastic to see first hand where the money will be going, and I enjoyed meeting the families and seeing how the equipment will make such a huge difference in their lives.
“We hope the whole of the North East will go yellow this June and support the charity.”
Clare Savory, events manager at the Sunshine Fund, added: “We are delighted to have intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre sponsoring this year’s Go Bananas campaign.
“We have a big target for June so we hope we can get the whole of the North East behind the campaign to help us reach our goal.”
To donate to Go Bananas, visit justgiving.com/Go-Bananas-June