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Generous donation will help to fund essential equipment for Sunshine families

Hello Sunshine News readers,

Happy Easter! I thought I’d start my first column by introducing myself… I’m Sophie, the new marketing & communications officer here at The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.

I’m three weeks into this new position and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve learnt so much already and the team have been so welcoming, making my big move from the South to the North East so much easier.

There’s a lot to look forward to this year (The Lakes 3000s Trek, The 20thAnniversary Sunshine Run, The Great North Run and Mini & Junior Run, The Bridgertoon Ball and so much more yet to be announced!) and it’s so rewarding seeing how much of a difference the charity makes to the lives of children living with disabilities, additional needs, chronic and terminal illnesses in the region. I’ve joined at such an exciting time as we’ve received yet another charitable donation from one of our wonderful supporters, True Potential LLP.

This generous donation will contribute to funding essential equipment to our Sunshine Families. Seeing the impact that donations like this has on these children and their families is truly spectacular, and I’m looking forward to getting to know our families better over the next few months to see just how impactful our fundraising is, first hand.

One of our Sunshine Children, Max, wanted to personally thank True Potential for their donation:

True Potential is also kindly sponsoring our Sunshine Fund charity places in this year’s Great North Run and Mini & Junior Run. We still have a handful of spaces available so if you’d like to run for Team Sunshine this year, you’ll have to be quick!

All information can be found here, and registration can be completed here.

One of our other supporters, Stagecoach, also deserve a shout out for their charitable efforts over the Easter half term. Our friends at Stagecoach have been brightening up some of their North East bus routes by dressing up as Easter bunnies and collecting donations for the Sunshine Fund through our charity buckets.

There’s still time to catch our furry friends as they will be continuing their collections until Monday, April 10! Not only have they been collecting donations for the Sunshine Fund, Stagecoach also paid a visit to Hadrian School in Bertram Crescent, where they donated 156 Easter eggs to the pupils, including dairy-free options for those with dietary requirements.

For the children who were unable to receive eggs, they also provided colouring books and story books so all pupils could get involved. Some of our Sunshine Children are from Hadrian School, so we appreciate how much joy this will bring!

EASTER EGG DONATIONS: The Stagecoach Easter visit to Hadrian School

We have funded items for the school in the past, including a hoist system in 2018. We also visit Hadrian School with our accessible Stagecoach Santa Bus each December, so we look forward to spreading some Christmas magic there again later this year!

To round up the Easter half term, our family co-ordinators, Rachel and Bev, are hosting a free Easter family day at the Centre For Life for our Sunshine Children who can participate in a range of fun activities. Our family events have always proven to be popular and spaces have been filling up fast!

These events are so important for our Sunshine Families as it gives them the opportunity to spend time together to make precious memories, and it allows them to get involved in activities that are accessible for each family member, which often fall outside of a typical family’s budget. We have a private Sunshine Families group on Facebook which creates a community where families can interact with one another, and it allows parents/carers to keep up to date with our future events.

From everyone at Team Sunshine, we hope you have a lovely Easter break!

Sophie X