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Come and join us for a night of Nostalgia

Hi Sunshine News Readers,

Our January is far from dull here at The Sunshine Fund and this week is especially exciting! This evening we’re heading to Kingston Park Stadium to continue our partnership with the Newcastle Falcons, who have let us join them to collect donations and raise awareness of our charity at their match against Benetton tonight.

We’re hoping that yellow is a lucky colour and that we’ll see victory for the Falcons, and as much spare change in buckets as possible. If you are attending the match, please do say hello to our team and if you can, please pop any coins into our buckets! We will also have cashless options available.

Fancy a last-minute night out watching the rugby? Want to support our small charity? Come along and get involved! Tickets are available at here - kick off is at 8pm.

This week also involved a visit to our friends at the Stagecoach Slatyford depot; this was an especially exciting visit as we’ve been waiting on tenterhooks to find out how much we raised at our Santa Grotto Bus. The team at Slatyford have been keeping the final figure secret since they finished their bus collections on New Year’s Eve.

Team Sunshine have been anticipating the reveal and have had to wait an extra week while our charity director, Siobhan, only returned to work this week (thanks Siobhan!), but the result was certainly worth the wait.

Drumroll please… as we are thrilled to announce that the month-long bus collections, plus the collections taken whilst the Santa Bus was in action, came to a total of £10,621.90!! This is absolutely incredible and makes all the hard work over the last few months so worth it.

This could tick off a third of an average equipment round, and it’ll go such a long way in supporting local children living with disabilities, additional needs and terminal illness, in a time where demand for equipment is rapidly growing.

Once we’d picked our jaws up from the floor, we then had some very exciting discussions with the Stagecoach team around more collaborations this year; we spoke about Easter, the return of our much-loved Sunshine Run in June, and we even brainstormed some more plans for Christmas… it looks like it’s going to be an action-packed year indeed!

And from one exciting meeting to another, we also caught up with True Potential this week, as the general ballot opens for the Great North Run. We’re delighted to say that for a sixth year running, our GNR campaign will be kindly sponsored by our friends at True Potential, and this year we have lots of new ideas and plans to make it even better.

If you’d like to run for Team Sunshine this year, the ballot is open until February 10, so please sign up! And if you miss the ballot or don’t get a space, we’ll have a limited number of charity spaces available – although we’re thrilled to be able to say that they’re being snapped up this year! We will, however, have a reserve list so if you’d like to register your interest please email

And what else do we have planned this year? Like many of us, you might be looking to fill your calendars with fun events now that the buzz of the festive period is behind us. The great news is that we have lots on that you can get involved in!

Next month we’ll be heading to Shearer’s Bar near St James Park for an Evening of Spiritual Mediumship. Following the success of last year’s event, we’ve teamed up with Stephen Crawford again to bring the event to central Newcastle.

Tickets cost £14 and include a welcome drink on arrival. Join us for a night of live readings and a charity raffle with some great prizes to be won. To buy tickets, please click here.

Then, in March, we will be at The Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, as we take a trip down memory lane for our annual charity ball! This has flown by but plans are well in place, and it’s set to be a fabulous night of glitz and glamour, with opulent surroundings and some fantastic entertainment.

Our ball will be hosted by the wonderful Anna Foster, and who better to celebrate our 95th anniversary, honour the families we’ve supported and reunite our loyal supporters old and new, than somebody who’s been a friend of the charity for years!

Ball attendees will enjoy a three-course meal and a drinks reception accompanied by live performances from local string quartet, Andrelli, as well as local community group, DanceVersity, who we have supported with equipment over the years. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in various games, a raffle and a charity auction with unmissable prizes, before dancing late into the night with live music from The Storm Band.

It'll be an evening of nostalgia, looking back at what we’ve achieved and how much further we strive to go, and will be an opportunity to reconnect with old friends, and raise a glass to everyone who has got us where we are today, almost 100 years after our charity first began in 1928.

We will shine spotlights on just some of the families we’ve supported, and we’ll delve into the rich history of one of the longest standing charities in the North East. If you would like to join us, or to find out more information, please contact or click here.

To keep up-to-date with all upcoming events, click here. Follow our social media for all news and updates – you can find us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading,

Sophie X



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