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Inspiring fundraising events and £30,000 worth of support applications approved

Hi Sunshine News readers,

We don’t know if its due to the 20th Anniversary Sunshine Run launch or this weeks unexpected sunshine (Ok, so we had snow and freezing temperatures too but lets take the positives where we can) but Team Sunshine are on a fitness kick.

Now, Im not saying we are stepping away from the Team meeting cakes or turning down the afternoon biscuits just yet, but we have all been digging out our trainers this week and taking small steps to get more active ahead of this years mammoth events calendar!

Inspired by recent fundraising events like the rowathon at the Gym Group and this weeks two hour spinathon from our friends at Arctic Wolf, Team Sunshine are charging up our fit bits and drinking green smoothies at breakfast like extras from a Mr Motivator DVD (if you’re younger than 30 you will need to Goggle this reference)!

Erin visited Arctic Wolf in their fantastic new Newcastle City Centre offices earlier this week to check in ahead of Wednesday’s fundraiser which raised over £1100 for our charity. The team have been preparing for weeks and were feeling fitter than ever ahead of jumping on their specialist spin bikes for two hours straight on Wednesday afternoon.

We were rooting for them every spin of the way and we are exceptionally grateful to all of our corporate supporters who rally their teams to fundraise for us through in house events. Team AW said 'Arctic Wolf are thrilled to be supporting The Chronicle Sunshine Fund. We hope these small acts can make a big difference'.

Inkeeping with this weeks fitness theme, we have now opened registrations for this years Sunshine Run and we only have a small amount of remaining adult GNR places available before we completely sell out! If you are looking to set yourself a fitness goal for 2023 or just love a challenge, please consider supporting the charity by registering for one of these events. Every step you take makes a difference to local lives.

This week we hosted our Spring equipment Panel meeting, where our wonderful, specialist, panel members who volunteer their time with us to assess our applications for equipment, came together in our office (With cake, always a running theme here at Team Sunshine HQ) to ensure that the equipment applied for from parents/carers, schools and other organisations caring for children with disabilities is appropriate, relevant for their needs and will provide a real benefit to their well being. Our super panel approved 20 applications to support local children and young adults totaling a whopping £30,000.

The items applied for include sensory equipment for two siblings with additional needs to aid their relaxation, a trike for a 2 year old boy to help improve his muscle tone and balance and enable him to ride on the school run with his siblings and a garden play frame for a 9 year old boy who’s condition means he cannot get out to the park but who will now have his own outdoor space to play safely until his heart is content! We also approved various IT equipment and Ipads with specialist aps and adaptations to help children with communication needs communicate with loved ones, learn and complete school work and explore the world around them.

£30,000 is a huge amount for us to fund as a small charity and we don’t currently receive any statutory, NHS or Government funding at all, so we are exceptional grateful to all of our supporters and donors who make donations, large or small, so these items can be provided. If you are interested in supporting a small local charity, in making a real difference locally, please get in touch.

Even small steps count.