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The launch of Families Month

Hi Sunshine News Readers,

We hope you’ve had a lovely half-term week in the sun? It’s Lauren here taking over for a while!

Usually, we kick off June by launching our Go Bananas campaign, a campaign that’s been close to our hearts for many years now that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing with the North East, but this year we thought it was time for a change. The charity sector was one of the worst hit by the pandemic with national and regional charities alike battling to raise funds to support their life changing work after events and campaigns were postponed. With the uncertainty of live events and gatherings in recent months, we knew it would be difficult to launch Go Bananas this year in the fashion we’re used to, without a string of popular events such as the Sunshine Run 5K and our family centered launch event.

So, our team decided that undoubtably, the best part of Go Bananas, was sharing the stories of our wonderful children and their families as let’s face it, they’re at the heart of all we do. We cannot thank the families we have worked with over the years enough who have so kindly shared their stories with us as without them, Go Bananas would never have started and been the roaring success it has been.

This year we’re rebranding Go Bananas as our ‘Families Month’, enabling us to still highlight the urgent need for equipment for disabled children in our region, whilst celebrating the successes and stories of the families we have recently supported.

This week, we wanted to tell you about Lily, a nine-year-old little girl with Autism and ADHD. Lily has sensory difficulties which affects her handwriting and letter formation. As you can imagine, lockdown home learning was challenging when worksheets were sent home for Lily to complete, making a tough situation all the more difficult for her.

We recently supported Lily and funded a laptop to help her complete her school work and gain valuable IT skills in time for exams. IT equipment like laptops and iPads are a phenomenal tool for many of our children as they enable them to have the opportunity to learn and gain independence, just like their friends. We know that by helping children like Lily, we are empowering them to be confident by recognising their own capabilities and achievements.

We still need your support if we hope to support more children this year and so we ask you, please if you can, consider making a donation via text or our website. Our website has more information on other ways to donate.

To make a text donation, simply text SUNSHINE 3, 5 or 10 to 70085 to make a one-off donation of £3, £5 or £10 through your phone bill.

It’s been a funny old year but we hope to spread just a little sunshine this month by introducing our families to you!

Lauren x