If you are the parent or carer of a child with a disability, work with a child who needs support, or an organisation or school, you can apply for equipment through The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

We support babies, children and young adults up until their 19th birthday who live in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham, by funding equipment that is not provided by the NHS, local authority or any other source.  

To apply simply download all the documents in our application pack below. Please note all forms (Application and Data Release) must be submitted in order to be considered a complete application.



Due to the continued impact of the Covid-19 health crisis and over the festive period, The Chronicle Sunshine Fund will be temporarily operating with reduced staff from 1st December 2020.  During this time, we will continue to accept applications for our next equipment round, due to be held in Spring 2021, however we will not be processing these until February 2021. We remain committed to funding the equipment approved at our November 2020 equipment round and the team will continue to work on this throughout December and January to ensure we fund these items within our agreed three month timescale. We recommend families who need equipment urgently seek out funding from other charities and sources. 


Thank you so much for your continued patience and understanding with us during these difficult times.


Team Sunshine.

Rachel Kaczmar

Family Coordinator

Outreach and Applications Hotline

07593 298 541


Information on submitting your application can be found on the last page of the Equipment Application Form.

For support in completing an application, receiving an update on an existing application or any questions, please contact Rachel our Family Coordinator.

If you do not have the facilities to complete an electronic application form, please also contact Rachel to request a hard copy to be posted out.


We have quarterly application meetings where equipment is approved by our specialist committee. For your application to be considered for an equipment meeting, it must be submitted with all requested documentation by the set application deadline.


Application deadline: Tuesday 3rd November

Equipment Meeting: Tuesday 10th November


Application deadline: March/April TBC

Equipment Meeting: March/April TBC


Application deadline: TBC

Equipment Meeting: TBC

Please note, all dates are subject to change. We will do our best to update you of any changes.

We welcome applications that have been written on behalf of families – by a professional or someone else who knows the family. Please note that the email address supplied will become the main contact.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to consider or fund applications from organisations including charities with an annual income greater than our own. Please refer to our annual report for our most recent figures.


Five year old Wren has Cerebral Palsy, hearing loss and is non verbal making every day life so much harder. 

We provided Wren with a specialist walker worth over £3,000 so that she can now enjoy being like any other five year old with more independence at school.


"I've applied for equipment twice now and it was so easy both times. My Daughter's Occupational Therapist and Teacher supported the application and I just called the office if there were any questions I was unsure of, the team were great and took the time to listen about my Daughter's needs and our family. I would strongly encourage all parents to apply to The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, it's changed our lives..."

Debbie Clelland, Parent



We are proud to work with so many inspiring organisations and indivduals across the North East who share our passion to enhance the lives of local children with disabilities, here are just a few of them...

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund
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Eldon Square
Percy Street
Newcastle upon Tyne


0191 201 6289

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