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Despite protestations from several male members of our team, resplendent in our shocking pink T-shirts (what were we thinking about?) a record number of Cintra people lined up against 600 of the region’s best (and worst) athletes to raise some funds for this good cause.

We have now competed (if that’s the right word) in each of the last 6 Sunshine Fund Fun Runs and this year, we hope to double our previous best figure of £1,000 raised.

The Sunshine Fund was established in 1923 by King George V on his visit to Tyneside to commemorate the opening of the Tyne Bridge, during which he paid for some of the underprivileged children of the region to have a day at the seaside.

Supported by local celebrities such as Sir Bobby Robson, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Edwards, Steve Cram and Denise Welch etc. The Sunshine Fund was adopted by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and has raised many thousands of pounds to help sick and under-privileged children and their families in the North East.

Our new star performer was Andrew Thompson, closely followed by another Cintra newcomer Clark Gunn, with only Customer Service Manager Geoff Dorward’s sterling effort preventing a total eclipse of the Cintra old guard members, such as our fast-fading CEO Carsten Staehr and Italian Stallions (but looking more like pit-ponies these days) Paul Capocci and Lorenzo Mugnai.

Fresh from some high altitude training, there was a welcome return to the top of Cintra ladies podium for our Head of Development Jess McEvoy, closely followed by Lucy Robinson and Charlotte Purdy.

Even though she actually broke into a jog for the first time this year, our Operations Director Suzanne Cowen still finished well behind the Marshalls who were cleaning up the course after everyone else had gone home.

A special mention should once again go to Suzanne’s daughter Megan though, who finished the course with a sprint finish, despite falling and twisting her ankle half way round and also Sarah Duffie, who, despite a long-standing ankle injury, ran through the pain barrier to raise money for this great local charity.

Credit should go to everyone who took part though, particularly the families and children of some of our staff who joined us in raising around £2,000 for this extremely good cause and in the process, put the rest of us to shame with their athletic performances.

Any Cintra clients wishing to make a donation should contact our Marketing Manager, Katrina Brownless, or CEO Carsten Staehr. All contributions, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.

Alternatively, you can visit and make a donation via The Sunshine Fund’s website:, or call them on 0191 2016183.


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