HOW CAN WE HELP?
The Chronicle Sunshine Fund is a local North East charity that provides specialist and adapted equipment to children aged 0-19 living with disabilities, additional needs, chronic and terminal illness. The types of equipment we can fund are not available through statutory services like the Local Authority or NHS; yet they are vital to the daily life of our Sunshine kids. These specific pieces of equipment enrich quality of life for not only the children, but their wider families and communities.
Parents, Carers, and organisations can apply to us via filling in our simple online application form and receive support from our experienced Family Coordinator. If you're a professional or group leader, we can also offer guest speaking and outreach support.
We offer free accessible, inclusive family events throughout the year, where families can get support and advice from our team and siblings can play alongside each other. We believe in a whole family approach to the services we provide so our sessions are designed to offer opportunities for families to explore and play together.
DID YOU KNOW...
We support children from birth up until their 19th birthday, and can accept an application every 12 months per child.
We don't means test or ask for any financial information on our application form.
We support children from Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, and County Durham.
We only require 2 supporting letters for an application which can include GPs, consultants, OT's and teachers.
We fund equipment that is not available from the NHS, local authority and schools.
Individuals, charities and community groups are welcome to make applications to us.
"We heard about the Sunshine Fund through the team of specialist professionals who support our son and family. The forms and process was very straight forward. We have had regular communications with the team from the Sunshine Fund, they have been very friendly and helpful, kept us updated about the process and helped us with any problems we had.
We would highly recommend the Sunshine Fund and are very grateful for the support and especially the financial funding of the equipment, which without this, we would have struggled to provide"
Please be aware there have been changes to how we fund items. For information on funding items and additional support in completing an application, or any questions, please contact Bev our Family Coordinator. If you do not have the facilities to complete an electronic application form, please also contact Bev to request a hard copy to be posted out.
If you're a professional or group leader, we can also offer guest speaking and outreach support. If you work with families who would benefit from support from us, please download our Who are The Chronicle Sunshine Fund flyer which can be shared online, via email or printed and disaplyed.
Families and Applications Line: 07593 298 541
Please note, our Families and Applications Line is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Should you try to contact us outside of these days and times, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.