Hi Sunshine news readers
I hope you are keeping safe and well. We have so much to celebrate this week and I cant wait to share it with you, our valued supporters.
Those of you who already follow us across our social media channels will know that we are the beneficiaries of a very special charity single! Performed by local singer and actor, Alfie Dobson the beautiful version of the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was the brain child of Lucy Craig of Craig Healthcare who was determined to look for ways to support us in these uncertain times. As a friend of the Fund, Lucy knew that we have been forced to cancel several of our fundraising events this summer meaning we are struggling to ensure we have the funds to supply local babies and children with the equipment they desperately need.
Lucy is a big advocate for our region and truly appreciates the work that The Chronicle Sunshine Fund do to help families, schools and other organisations right here in the North East. The Rainbow Song is a token of appreciation for all those in the North East who have worked so hard to help and support those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during this unprecedented time. You can listen, download and also watch the wonderful video by North East Films by visiting the website https://www.rainbowsong.org/ If you are able, please make a donation, every penny counts!
This week we have received a very generous donation and pledge of support from our friends at The Sage Foundation who have been real cheerleaders for our cause over the past couple of years. Their wonderful staff have supported us through volunteering, hosted fundraising events for us and even took the record as the largest team in our Christmas Jumper Day 2019! Their extremely kind donation is a huge help to us as we navigate these uncertain times as a small local charity and we cant wait to work with them all again soon on future campaigns.
Finally as today is VE day we wanted to let you know how we are paying tribute to the many millions who fought for our freedom. Many of us had planned celebrations with friends and neighbours to mark the 75th VE day anniversary and pay tribute to those who gave so much for future generations. Our celebrations may look different to how we planned they would, but we can still mark the occasion in a fitting way. We will be taking part in the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ today at 3pm (well it is a bank holiday after all!) from the safety of our homes by standing up with a beverage of choice and saying ‘Toast’ – “To those who gave so much, we thank you,”. We will also be taking this opportunity to say a HUGE Happy belated 100th birthday to Colonel Tom Moore! We are in awe of his dedication and enthusiasm, he has really brought the nation together and we think we should all include a special mention to him as we raise a glass this afternoon!
Stay safe and well and have a lovely bank holiday weekend.