Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You All Happily Went Bananas - and the Kids Love You for It; Sunshine Appeal Smashes Its Huge Target

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You All Happily Went Bananas - and the Kids Love You for It; Sunshine Appeal Smashes Its Huge Target

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Byline: KEIRAN SOUTHERN Reporter keiran.southern@trinitymirror.com @@KeiranSouthern

THE future is looking brighter for disadvantaged children across the North East - and it's all thanks to you.

The Chronicle's Sunshine Fund smashed its PS60,000 fundraising target for June - so thanks for going bananas!

We launched our annual month-long campaign to raise funds for needy kids at the beginning of June and asked for your help.

We invited members of the public to organise their own events, take part in one organised by the charity, or simply make a donation to help us reach our target.

And thanks to your generosity, we reached our PS60,000 goal.

The cash will be used to provide life-changing specialist equipment for 10 disabled children. Caroll Pattison, Sunshine Fund director, said: "Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the Go Bananas appeal this year, every penny counts.

"Chronicle readers can be very proud knowing that they have raised an incredible PS60,000 in one month. This means all 10 of the children from the appeal and the organisation will be getting their equipment now, which will be amazing for the families this summer.

"I would also like to thank intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre for sponsoring the campaign and to their staff for their support in organising events and fundraising.

"I am truly overwhelmed by people's generosity and the community spirit of North East people and can't wait for you to see all the children's pictures in paper throughout July so you can see that your money went to very deserving children."

Cheeky Charlie Atkinson is one of the youngsters who will benefit from your kindness.

The nine-year-old, who lives with his mum Kristie Marsh and younger brother Frankie, in North Shields, has autism and a learning disability which means he needs to be stimulated with sensory equipment. …

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