Every year a number of employees at Cintra spend £10 each on a secret Santa but Craig Gillespie decided it would be more beneficial to make someone else’s Christmas this year.

“I just thought what’s the point, when we can all pitch in together and get presents that could potentially make someone else’s Christmas and that would be genuinely appreciated rather than a £10 novelty gift.”

As one of Cintra’s chosen charities, it was decided we would donate presents to children from The Sunshine Fund. The Sunshine Fund is a specialised Charity in the North East of England that aims to enhance the lives of local disabled children and their families through the provision of essential equipment, learning aids and custom built apparatus.

Shelia Hughes and Alison Dixon from the Bureau Department ensured the presents were collected on time and were appropriate for the Children attending the pantomime. Presents ranged from racing cars to fairy books, handbags to Star Wars.

Alison Dixon added, “Fundraising organiser, Angela Jepson from the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund, gave us a few suggestions as to what the children would like for a gift. It was a pleasure to go out shopping for them and I hope the gifts will bring a smile to their faces and complete a lovely day out at the pantomime.”

9 children and their siblings aged between 2 – 14 years old will be attending a Christmas pantomime to celebrate Christmas with The Sunshine Fund.

A total of £235 was raised which means that our fifteen Sunshine children will each receive a gift to the value of £15. The presents will be handed out at the pantomime, which is taking place on Saturday 18th December.


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