Our charity of the year for 2020 & 2021 is The Chronicle Sunshine Fund

The Chronicle Sunshine Fund are a North East based charity that enhances the lives of local children with disabilities by funding equipment to meet their specialist needs.

They support babies, children and young adults up until their 19th birthday by funding equipment such as specialist beds, wheelchairs, trikes, IT and sensory equipment that is not available through the NHS, local authorities or any other sources.

They receive no statutory funding and rely solely on the support and generosity of local organisations and individuals to raise £450,000 annually through donations, events and community giving.

In 2018 the charity recorded a 35% increase in application submissions from families and organisations. Demand has never been so high and the charity now more than ever need our support.

The charity are not means tested as they believe, regardless of a family's financial situation or income, every child with a disability has the right to have access life changing equipment they so desperately need.

It is reported that the North East has some of the highest numbers of children registered as disabled in the UK. The Chronicle Sunshine Fund estimate that there are over 18,000 children living with a disability in the areas that they support.


Charity of the Year 2022

Applications are now open for our Charity of the Year 2022

Each year we go the extra mile to raise money for a charity. We agree in advance with the charity of the year the amount we will aim to raise. We undertake a 12 month campaign that starts on 1 January and ends on 31 December. With the buy in of all of our staff we maximise the money we can raise for that charity during that 12 month period. Our marketing team arrange a number of events that take place throughout the year. We invite other businesses to support us in those efforts.

Applications are encouraged from North East based charities or national charities with a branch/base in the North East region.

The Selection Process

We operate a selection process before we finalise a charity to be our charity of the year.

The selection process is as follows:

  • Nominations are put forward by charities throughout the year. Please complete the application form found underneath The Chronicle Sunshine Fund logo on this page.
  • The deadline for entry is 31st August 2021
  • In September we consider all applications. We reduce the nominees down to a final 3.
  • In October we ask the 3 nominees to present to our staff. We do this so that the staff can make an informed decision as to who they want to be our charity for the forthcoming year.
  • In November we ask the staff to vote for the new charity.
  • In December we announce our charity of the year. Fundraising efforts begin in January.

After the Selection Process

In order to raise as much money as possible, it is our policy to meet our charity of the year in the first week of January. We find that a combined approach helps to maximise the amount of money that can be raised. In January we present our 12 month plan and work with the charity to raise as much money as possible. All fundraising efforts start on 1 January and end on 31 December.

In January of the following year, payment will be made to the bank account nominated by our charity of the year.