This year, we have tons planned for Christmas that everyone can get involved in - children and adults of all ages and abilities, and corporate teams, we really have something for everyone, and together, we pledge to make Christmas 2023 as magical as possible!
Visit Santa's Grotto Bus
Because every child should have the opportunity to meet Santa this Christmas...
That's right, the original Santa Bus is coming back to toon for the 5th year running!
Our bus will be stationed on Northumberland Street South (near TK Maxx) from Thursday 14th December - Sunday 17th December so please come along and say hello!
While Santa’s sleigh will be getting prepared and polished for its long route on Christmas Eve, the ever-generous team at Stagecoach have very kindly arranged to bring him to Newcastle City Centre on one of their buses to pay children, adults and families in our region a very special visit!
We understand that this year especially, money will be tight for most of us, which is why all visits to Santa remain FREE of charge. Our grotto bus is also fully accessible with wheelchair access.
We understand that visiting Santa can be an overwhelming experience, and we can't always predict a child's mood - we don't require any booking, just turn up when you can, and our team can make adaptions if your child needs it so that they feel as comfortable as possible.
Our Santa Bus is fully accessible with wheelchair access, all and and we don't require any booking - because all children should have the chance to visit Santa.
We also have plans to take the Santa Bus on the road! Watch this space...
Join us on Friday 15th December as we dust off our Christmas jumpers and wear them to work, school or at home!
Whether you're an individual, family, school, nursery or organisation, we would love for you to choose The Sunshine Fund as your chosen charity this Christmas Jumper Day!
We ask participants to donate £2 which can be done through your phone (see the image to the right), or click the button below to make a donation online.
You don't need to register to take part, but please do let us know if you are and we'll add your name to our list.
We'd also love to see your photos on the day so please tag us #sunshinefundCJD on social media so we can share them!
Time to dust off those jumpers...
Your Gift to Us...
Want to make an impact this Christmas? There are many ways you can help us spread some cheer over the festive season!
While many of the items we fund are specialist, some can be found on Amazon. We update our Amazon Wishlist after every equipment round to add items that can be easily bought for us on a regular basis. We also include any equipment that can improve our family events.
This allows you to make a more tangible donation, and it means that you can buy something that will go directly to one of our children who are waiting patiently but desperately for their equipment to be funded.
Christmas and Winter can be times of difficulty for many, particularly with the cost of living crisis impacting everybody. These times can be especially difficult for a family where a child has complex needs, so now is a perfect time to contribute something if you can.
Donate to our Amazon Wishlist...
Want to support a small, local charity and have a life-changing impact on babies, children and young adults in our region? Want to help us generate sustainable funding so we can continue to fund equipment that enriches and improves the lives of children with disabilities, additional needs and terminal illness? Want the chance to win BIG?
Why not try your luck and play our weekly lottery! At just £1 per ticket, you have the opportunity to win the national prize of £25,000, as well as monthly bonus prizes and a local prize pot!
50p from every ticket goes directly to us so we can continue our hard work. Once signed up, you can manage how many tickets you'd like to play, and you can cancel at any time.
Play before November 25th to be in with the chance of winning £1,000 to spend at John Lewis or Waitrose!
Play our weekly £1 lottery!
Looking for corporate opportunities around Christmas?
Want some ideas for team-building activities, festive fundraising ideas for the office or looking to tick off some CSR requirements around the holiday season?
Look no further! We have plenty of opportunities for your team to get involved in, plus events that may require volunteers.
Contact Siobhan.Sargeant@thesunshinefund.org to discuss opportunities not just for Christmas, but for 2024 as well!