Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spreading Sunshine

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spreading Sunshine

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Byline: By Gareth Deighan

Over the past year the Chronicle's charity has done all it can to spread a little sunshine across the North East.

Each week in the Community Chronicle we bring you an update on how the money you donate to the Sunshine Fund is being spent, and give you a glimpse into the lives of the children the charity has managed to help.

In January this year we reported on five-year-old Rebecca Johnson, who is visually impaired. Rebecca was finally able to read her favourite books thanks to a Sunshine Fund grant.

Rebecca, from Walker, Newcastle, received a CCTV system which takes normal-sized print and magnifies it to a level at which she can comfortably read.

Rebecca's mum Katherine, who is also visually impaired, said at the time: "Rebecca obviously can't read a standard print size, but by putting it on to the CCTV she can change the size to the magnification she wants.

"She is a bright girl who will get a lot of pleasure from reading. We think the Sunshine Fund is a good charity which helps any child in the North East, not just Rebecca."

And the start of February saw the Sunshine's Fund first big fundraising event of the year ( a night with Steve Black at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons.

Steve gave all proceeds from the night to Chronicle's Sunshine Fund and the Newcastle Falcons Community Foundation.

In March, the Sunshine Fund teamed up with Glassesdirect.com and celebrities including Ant and Dec, Sir Bobby Robson, Jonathan Edwards and Mike Neville, who donated glasses and sunglasses to raise funds.

The following month we helped teenager Tom Burgess, with a Lycra "second skin" support suit.

Tom, then 15, has cerebral palsy in all four limbs, is partially blind and cannot move around on his own. The suit allows him more support and aids Tom's posture, as without it his spine would bend into a banana shape, which would in turn affect his internal organs. …

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