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Celebrate 95 years of a much-loved small local charity at The Sunflower Ball

Hi Sunshine News readers,

Last week we announced the launch of two NEW events for adrenaline junkies who want to make a difference with our Sunshine Zipline and Chillingham Castle Scarefest Challenge. We’ve been taken away by the amount of interest we’ve had in both events, but we still have a few spaces left if you want to get involved. Find out more at - don’t miss out!

As if this wasn’t enough, the excitement doesn’t stop there as this week we are thrilled to finally announce the launch another event taking place next year. Next March, to celebrate our 95th anniversary, we are delighted to be returning to the charity’s roots and revisiting a traditional black-tie ball theme as we present The Sunflower Ball!

This event will be a celebration of this milestone, commemorating everything we’ve achieved, how far we’ve come and how much further we strive to go. It will be a recognition of our wonderful Sunshine Children and the families we’ve supported over the years, and a reunion of our supporters old and new, of whom we would not be able to continue our hard work to ensure that children have the best quality of life possible.

In 1928, upon his visit to Newcastle to attend the official opening of the Tyne Bridge, King George V donated £15 to facilitate a trip to the seaside for disadvantaged children living in the city. The Editor of The Newcastle Chronicle newspaper at the time then decided to continue this philanthropic mission and thus The Sunshine Fund was born.

THE SUNSHINE FUND: one of the longest running North East charities with a rich history and royal connection

As one of the longest-running charities in the North East region, which remains one of the most deprived areas in the UK, we receive zero statutory funding and so we rely solely on the generosity of our incredible supporters. It’s thanks to them that we can carry on funding life-changing equipment to local babies, children and young adults living with disabilities, additional needs and terminal illnesses, and The Sunflower Ball will honour everybody who has helped us get where we are today, almost 100 years later.

It’s set to be a truly memorable and special evening, and it wouldn’t be a Sunshine Fund ball without a 3-course meal and drinks reception provided by our wonderful friends at The Grand Hotel, as well fantastic entertainment throughout, the return of our much-loved ‘Heads & Tails’ game with a cash prize, plus a raffle and charity auction offering prizes and experiences that money simply can’t buy!

HAVING A BALL: Some photos from last year’s charity ball

The Sunflower Ball will take place at The Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, on Friday 15th March 2024. Tickets are priced at £80 each or £800 for a table of 10.

To book a table, please contact our Charity Director, Siobhan, at, and for more information please visit

Thank you for reading – we look forward to keeping you updated as our plans for The Sunflower Ball get put into motion!

Sophie X


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