We have now resumed our equipment assessment meetings. However, there may still be some delays as to when we can assess applications and then release funding for those that are agreed. You can check this webpage as we will keep our next meeting deadlines updated here. Please be aware that this is only an approximate date and is subject to change. 


We'd also like to make you aware that due to the restrictions in force for safe working we are not currently able to hold face to face application assessment meetings. Instead, application assessments with the panel will be held over a secure video conferencing facility.


We understand that this is a frustrating time, but rest assured our children and families remain at the forefront of our priorities. We will endeavour to keep you updated with any changes to this situation.


You can submit an application to us by email at any time, but please be aware we cannot guarantee when these will be assessed. Please do not send applications by post unless you have no other option for submitting it as we have limited access to the office. We are encouraging families to seek out alternative options to equipment funding if required, particularly if the item is needed urgently. You are welcome to contact Rachel using the details below for any updates, information or signposting.


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


Team Sunshine.


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.


Outreach and Applications Hotline


Rachel Kaczmar

Family Coordinator


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: TBC

Equipment Meeting: Tuesday 3rd November


Application deadline: February TBC

Equipment Meeting: February 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.


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.


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



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