Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Pair Will Be on Move; Sunshine Fund Helps Make Two Little Lads' Lives Easier with Special Grants

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Brave Pair Will Be on Move; Sunshine Fund Helps Make Two Little Lads' Lives Easier with Special Grants

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Byline: ruth.lawson

GENEROUS readers have helped raise enough money to transform the lives of these two little lads.

Charlie Atkinson and Harley Stallard are just two of the youngsters who are in desperate need of grants to enable them to buy specialist equipment to make their everyday lives that little bit easier.

At the start of June we launched the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund Go Bananas appeal in which we called on readers to do their bit to help raise PS20,000 so the charity can hand out these much-needed grants to disabled children across Tyneside.

And in just a week a grand total of PS1,700 has already been given in donations meaning Charlie, six, and two-year-old Harley can get the funds they need.

Caroll Pattison, Sunshine Fund director, said: "I am delighted to announce after one week of our appeal we have raised an amazing PS1,700 which means we can now buy Charlie a buggy and Harley a specialist trike, which is amazing.

"I can't thank the Chronicle readers and our supporters enough for getting behind the appeal and giving money to help these two families, the buggy and the trike will be a godsend for them."

Last week we told the story of Charlie, from North Shields, North Tyneside, who has autism.

His mum Kristie Marsh, 27, said it was almost impossible to take Charlie and his little brother Frankie Hutchinson out on her own but a twin buggy - worth PS650 - would make this achievable.

We also introduced little Harley, from Washington, who had a tough start to life after being born three months prematurely which saw him suffer a bleed on his brain that left him with cerebral palsy.

Parents Claire and Shaun were hoping a grant of PS972 from the Chronicle Sunshine Fund to buy a trike would help Harley on his journey to building strength in his legs and also giving him the opportunity of some independence.

Both these dreams are now in touching distance thanks to people who have come forward to support the Go Bananas appeal but much more is needed if we want to help the scores of other children on the waiting list for grants. …

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