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Last chance to fill our final TWO Great North Run charity spaces!

Hi Sunshine News readers,

We hope everybody had a lovely Easter break with (some!) nice weather. It feels like Spring is really trying to bloom as we’ve had some lovely blue skies (in between the rain, of course).

We’re ending the Easter half term on a high as today some of us Sunshine Fund ladies are hosting a free Easter event for our families at The Centre for Life.

This, like all our family events, provides our Sunshine Families with the opportunity to spend time together and create special memories where accessibility and budget aren’t a barrier.

We look forward to sharing some photos next week both here and on our private Sunshine Families Facebook group, an area where parents/carers can keep in touch and stay up to date on all our future events and news.

Myself and Bev, one of our family co-ordinators, also attended the Sunderland Parents Carers Forum (PCF) at the Beacon of Light on Wednesday, where we had the chance to meet families and showcase what our charity does, and how we can help to provide essential equipment for children in the North East living with disabilities, additional needs, chronic and terminal illnesses.

VITAL SUPPORT: The Sunshine Fund at the Sunderland Parents Carers Forum (PCF)

This was my first event and it was so lovely to meet some of our Sunshine Families, as well as introduce the charity to new families. It was also interesting learning about other organisations, too!

We’re very busy getting preparations and putting plans in place as events season is fast approaching. The weeks are flying by and before we know it we’ll be on the Quayside for our Sunshine Run which takes place on June 14th – less than 9 weeks away!

Before that though, we have our Sunshine Trek. In fact, we came back from the long weekend to an exciting delivery at Sunshine HQ – our Lakes 3000s Trek Challenge t-shirts have finally arrived and they look great!

With only four weeks until Team Sunshine takes on the peaks, the challenge is starting to feel very real but we’re so excited for it!

LAKES CHALLENGE: Sunshine trek t-shirts

We’re also now down to our FINAL TWO charity spaces for the 2023 Great North Run, taking place on Sunday, September 10.

If you’d like to run for Team Sunshine this year, you’ll need to be quick because once they’re gone, they’re gone! Need an extra push? Hear Haydn’s story:

Haydn suffers from an extremely rare chromosome disorder called 18q deletion, which has led to severe developmental delay and mobility and digestion issues. He communicates his needs through smiles, laughter and cries.

His cheeky sense of humour shines through and he’s known at the Prudhoe Riverside Parkrun for having his own marshal point, known as ‘Haydn’s Disco Spot’ – here, he entertains everybody by playing his favourite tunes.

Haydn’s family are incredibly active and never wanted him to feel excluded due to his complex needs.

The Sunshine Fund has supported Haydn with equipment since he was little but most recently provided him with a specialised buggy which meant for the very first time, he could take part in the Great North Run alongside his Dad, Richard!

SUNSHINE SUPPORT: Haydn at the 2022 Great North Run

To fill our last two spaces at this year’s Great North Run, and make a valuable difference to the lives of disabled children in the region, please click here.

Sophie X