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Lots to look forward to at our 95th anniversary Sunflower Ball – including a very exciting announcement

Hi Sunshine News Readers,

Things are getting very exciting here at Sunshine HQ as plans and discussions around our long-awaited Sunflower Ball, taking place on Friday, March 15 at The Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park, progress. The most exciting thing we have to announce this week is that our Sunflower Ball will be sponsored by our friends and prolonged Sunshine Fund supporters, Eldon Square!

We are delighted to be able to partner with Eldon Square for an evening that focuses on celebrating 95 years of our much-loved charity, reuniting supporters old and new, and raising a glass to all the families we’ve supported over the last century.

Eldon Square are long-term supporters of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund. The centre opened in 1976 and the organisation is synonymous with retail and dining here in our region, so we are proud to partner with them for this celebration as another long-standing North East establishment dedicated to providing services to our communities.

Our charity director, Siobhan, said, “It’s fantastic to be partnering with Eldon Square for this year’s ball because we are celebrating such a significant milestone, and Eldon Square have been loyal supporters of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund for many years. We’ve worked with the team on campaigns such as our Sunshine Run, Eldon Square staff have trekked mountains and canyons to raise money for us and we’ve created amazing events together within the centre over the years so it’s really fitting that they share this event with us.”

“We are so proud of what we have achieved as a charity over the last 95 years; the families, schools and other charities we have supported with equipment and services, the way we’ve grown to meet demand and how we have adapted to ensure we provide family services to support parents as they navigate life as a carer of a child with complex needs. We want to be here for many more years to come and the support of organisations like Eldon Square helps us do just that!”

It’s set to be a fabulous evening of glitz and glamour with opulent surroundings and non-stop entertainment from some fantastic guests! The night will be hosted by the BBC’s Anna Foster, who is a friend of the charity and has supported us with past balls as well as the Sunshine Run. Anna’s ability to captivate the room and her enthusiasm for our charity and our events is what keeps us inviting her back, and we can’t wait to work with her again this year!

The evening will also involve a series of entertainment including a live recital from Whitley Bay-based string quartet, Andrelli, as well as a dance performance from a local community group called ‘Danceversity’.

Danceversity promotes inclusive dance classes for children with disabilities. It is led by the wonderful Asha, who has supported us by hosting our 20th anniversary Sunshine Run. We have had the pleasure of funding various equipment for Danceversity over the years, so it will be really special to invite some of our Sunshine Children along on the night and see first-hand how far this equipment has gone, and the memories that specialist and adapted equipment can create and be cherished.

Alongside a three-course meal and drinks reception, guests can take part in our raffle, where they can buy a rose which has a raffle ticket attached. Our roses this year are once again being provided by the fabulous Katherine’s Florists, and we are so grateful for their continued generosity.

Guests also have chance to play our popular ‘Heads and Tails’ game, and of course, our highly anticipated charity auction. We have some brilliant prizes available to win on the night, with experiences that money simply can’t buy!

We will hear inspirational stories from some of the families we’ve supported recently, and we have a line up of guest speakers from long-term supporters of our charity. And after, guests will be invited to the dancefloor where they can dance late into the night, with live music from The Storm Band.

Not only are black-tie events fun for all to attend, but they are vital to small charities like ours to raise much-needed funds to allow us to continue our hard work. They allow us to carry on supporting babies, children and young adults with disabilities, additional needs and terminal illness in our region.

We’re one of the longest standing charities in the North East and have overcome some of the most difficult challenges over the last 95 years. As the cost-of-living affects more and more of us, the demand in this life-changing equipment is only growing. We receive zero statutory funding which means support from donors is crucial, now more than ever.

We are now down to our last few tables, so if you would like to join us on Friday, March 15 for our celebratory Sunflower Ball, and help us make it another 95 years, please contact

Want to get involved but can’t be there on the night? You can support this event for free by following, liking and sharing our social media posts to grow our audience. If you’re a local business, perhaps you could donate a prize for our raffle/auction!

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Thanks for reading,

Sophie X