On the crisp winter morning of Saturday 8th December 2007, the festive spirit once again descended upon Cintra, as we lined up in Newcastle’s exhibition Park for the North East’s annual Sunshine Fund Santa Run, in aid of sick and disabled children.

Along with around 250 others, all dressed in Santa costumes, we covered the 4km from the gates of Exhibition Park, across the Town Moor and back.

Credit should go to everyone who took part, particularly Support Team member Stephen (Sos) Dodds, who in previous years had steadfastly insisted he’d never do it.

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 disabled and disadvantaged children of the region to have a day at the seaside. Supported by the likes of Sir Bobby Robson, Ant & Dec, Jonathan Edwards, Steve Cram and Rob Andrew etc. the Sunshine Fund was adopted by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, and has raised many thousands of pounds for disabled and disadvantaged children in the North East.

We hope to raise over £500 for this extremely good cause and any 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: http://www.eveningchroniclesunshinefund.org.uk/ , or call Jo Harris on 0191 2016289.

We would like to wish all our customers and their families a safe and magical Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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