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Hexham pupils raise money for Tynedale charity

Pupils from Hexham First School have donated the proceeds from their termly bake sales to Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Rainbow Project, which provides support to children and young people who have experienced bereavement. The Rainbow Project is part of the Hospice’s Family Support Service.

Hexham First School is one of a number of local schools which are supporting Tynedale Hospice at Home by getting involved in bake sales, non-uniform days, the Junior Great North Run and a host of other fundraising activities.

Bernadette Moon, a class teacher, from Hexham First School, said: “Every term a different year group host a bake sale and sells cakes and bakes to family and friends at the end of the school day. They are always very popular and well supported. The array of wonderful baking is quite something and there’s never anything left at the end!

Eve Summers, aged eight, who is a school council member, said: “We chose the Rainbow Project because it helps boys and girls.

“We like the idea of a memory jar because it will help the children remember the person in their family who has died.”

Cathy Bates, community fundraiser for Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: “We can’t thank the staff, pupils and their families enough for this brilliant donation. Given the fantastic fundraising total, clearly cakes and bakes are a popular choice at the school!”

High Honour For Durham Army Cadets volunteer

Major Colin Miller at Durham Cathedral.
Major Colin Miller at Durham Cathedral.

Major Colin Miller, a longstanding Army Cadet Force volunteer has been awarded the Four Star Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter’s commendation for his outstanding achievement and inspirational leadership of Durham ACF Band and Bugles.

Major Miller has dedicated 18 years to the Band & Bugles as director of music. He has taken the band to extremely high standards of performing. Durham ACF Band & Bugles is well known up and down the UK as the best Army Cadet Force band. Under Major Miller’s direction, the band have played at some high profile events and concerts; the Malta military tattoo, the Albert Hall, Horse Guards Parade, Wembley and in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh over the years.

Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said: “I would like to along with all ranks of Durham ACF congratulate Colin for this high profile award. This is a truly outstanding achievement and recognises the work Major Miller has done to make our band one of the foremost cadet bands in the country”.

Gateshead football team arrange fundraiser for unusual band

Raising money for: Aukestra

Neil Walker, volunteer coach at Gateshead Redheugh 1957, coaching the Under 15s Black team said: “We have struggled to get a sponsor for the last couple of seasons as we, as volunteer coaches, have to find our own sponsors for kits and anything else we need as the club do not help us with this. But we were lucky enough to get sponsored last season, 2016/2017, by a wonderful group of people called aukestra/aukestral creative solutions.

“This group is made up of a great group of people, some with learning difficulties, Autism, and a keyboard player that is blind. They are fantastic and when they play, sing and dance you would not think they had disabilities.

“We at Redheugh Blacks under 15s are proud to wear their logo on our strips and have them as our sponsors. We are supporting them in helping to arrange a fundraiser on the 14th of July 2017 at the teams club, Gateshead at 7pm till late. Aukestra will play live and show the community how wonderful they really are.

“We are trying to raise as much money as possible for this non profit organisation, as they have an offer to perform in Greece, so we need to raise as much money as possible to expand this wonderful bands touring capabilities, as myself, my team and parents wish to give them as much support back as they have given to us all.”

Charity match celebrates achievements of Collingwood Bowling Club

Collingwood Bowling Club
Collingwood Bowling Club

It’s become an annual fixture on the calendar of Collingwood Bowling Club in North Shields – a friendly match with staff and board members from North Tyneside VODA (Voluntary Organisations Development Agency) to celebrate their close working relationship and the club’s ongoing progress.

The two North Tyneside charities have been working together for the past three years, with VODA offering advice and support to Collingwood Bowling Club following its move to Heaton Terrace Bowling Park and the transformation of its green and the club as a whole.

The club has been hugely successful in raising over £29,000 from many generous local companies and various funders for new equipment and greens care products, including a sprinkler system and lawn maintenance tools. A recent grant from the Active North Tyneside Fund has allowed the club to purchase some additional new guest bowls sets and offer free taster sessions on Saturday mornings for anyone interested in taking up the sport.

“We’re extremely grateful to VODA for all of the advice and support we’ve received and arranging this bowling match is just our little way of saying thank you,” continues Alan. “It’s a great afternoon and a chance to share our knowledge and skills about the game with people who’ve helped us get to where we are today.”

Cerebral Palsy sufferer’s fitness challenge for Newcastle charity

Richard in training for his ski-fit challenge with trainer Jordan at CrossFit Tyneside
Richard in training for his ski-fit challenge with trainer Jordan at CrossFit Tyneside

A wheelchair user is gearing up for his biggest challenge to date when he takes on a 10k ski-fit challenge for a charity close to his heart.

Richard Trumble, 57, has cerebral palsy but is a regular at Reebok CrossFit in Byker.

As a child Richard attended Percy Hedley School and now lives at The Percy Hedley Foundation’s adult residence in Forest Hall.

He is no stranger to fundraising via challenging means and has already completed a CrossFit challenge and zipwire from the top of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts in aid of the Foundation.

His latest challenge is a 10k ski-fit challenge on August 8 at Reebok CrossFit when he will be raising money for the residents fund at Percy Hedley. For Richard, taking part in such challenges isn’t just about raising money though.

Three years ago he suffered a broken foot and because of his cerebral palsy has suffered with a condition called oedema ever since. Oedema is caused by an excess of watery fluid and can cause severe swelling. Physiotherapy helps ease the swelling but when Richard lost his funding for physio his doctor suggested trying CrossFit. Since taking up the exercise, Richard has benefited hugely with CrossFit helping to maintain his mobility and also leg and upper body strength.

He said: “If I didn’t do CrossFit I would be curled up in a ball. I wouldn’t be able to get out into the community. I would be bed bound.”

Richard is looking for sponsors to help fund transport to and from the CrossFit gym. If you are interested in supporting Richard continue his training please contact Chipchase House on 0191 238 1313.

International beauty entrepreneur brings extra glamour to Newcastle fundraiser

Liz Earle MBE with her daughter Lily and NSPCC committee chair Jan Pallas MBE (back)
Liz Earle MBE with her daughter Lily and NSPCC committee chair Jan Pallas MBE (back)

A Hats On For Children ladies’ lunch event in Newcastle saw special guest international beauty and wellbeing entrepreneur Liz Earle MBE bring a touch of glamour to the bi-annual event – raising a total of £4,200.

The fundraiser, held in support of children’s charity the NSPCC, invited ladies to the Newcastle Marriott for a lunch and shopping experience with champagne reception and special choral performance from St Aidan’s Church of England Primary School.

Jan Pallas MBE, chair of the NSPCC Newcastle branch committee, said: “There was such a lot of excitement around Liz Earle’s talk at this summer’s event. Her name is so recognisable, and so synonymous with beauty and wellbeing, that we were overjoyed at her agreeing to be our special guest.

“We were very impressed with how well the event went – everyone had an absolutely fantastic time and we exceeded our own expectations in how much we raised for the NSPCC.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along to support us, headteacher Mrs Steele and the wonderful children of St Aidan’s Primary School, and to Barclays who provided match funding for the event.”

Jackie Dawson, NSPCC local fundraising manager for Newcastle, said: “The ladies on the committee did a fantastic job of organising a really special day and I know many of those who came to the ladies’ lunch will be eagerly awaiting the next event.

“It was tremendous to see Liz Earle talk about wellbeing, and we can’t thank her enough for coming along and supporting us on the day. With her and the ladies’ help we have managed to raise a hugely impressive figure, which will help the NSPCC reach even more children in the North East and across the UK when they need us the most.”

The next event being planned by the NSPCC Newcastle Branch Committee will be the Afternoon Tea at The Parlour on August 16, 2pm to 4pm with speaker, stalls and raffle. Tickets at £15 from Jan Pallas. Email: janpallas@btinternet.com

Two Seaton Delaval pubs among five nationwide up for award

The Keel Row has secured a place in the final for a community award. Connor Herron said: “We are one of five finalists, with one of those being our friends at The Hastings Arms in Seaton Delaval. A fantastic achievement for two local pubs to be finalists in a national award for contributing to the local community.

“The final will take place in July at an awards ceremony in London. We are really excited about being involved in this and I thought I would take this opportunity to let you all know about all the work we have been doing within the community:

“Our fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support has raised nearly £20,000 over the years we have been fundraising. We raise this money in memory of our beloved regular Peter who sadly lost his battle with cancer.

“For the last five years the pub has operated our very own minibus which was kindly donated by one of our regulars and is signwritten with our logo, weekly events etc. This bus is a secondhand Age Concern bus and is mainly used to pick up our elderly customers living in sheltered accommodation (independent living) who don’t often get the opportunity to get out and have very few visitors. Over the past five years we have increased our pick-up points from one home to over six homes in our local area.

“We collect and are a drop-off point for our local food bank and the generosity of the local people in donations has been truly admirable. Our free family fun days and free Christmas carol service has always been well supported by the community. Children enjoy the visit from Santa and his reindeer alongside a present to take home.

“Every year we ask our community to donate an Easter egg for children who are in hospital or visiting A&E over the Easter period. This year we managed to collect over 500 eggs and donated them to our local A&E Hospital, children’s social services, Daft as a Brush and a women’s refuge centre.”

Catholic charity walk to Holy Island for their annual pilgrimage

Photo taken during last year's Holy Island pilgrimage (photo credit: David Cross)
Photo taken during last year’s Holy Island pilgrimage (photo credit: David Cross)

Raising money for: CAFOD

Communications assistant Jonathan Barber said: “CAFOD supporters joined forces for their annual Holy Island pilgrimage on Saturday July 1.

Around 150 people walked across the causeway in aid of CAFOD’s Power To Be campaign to improve energy access across the world.

The pilgrimage began at 1pm and for anyone not walking across the causeway, there was a liturgy at 1.30pm.

CAFOD representative in Hexham and Newcastle, David Cross, said: “The annual pilgrimage to Holy Island always attracts people from far and wide. We look forward to it every year!

“Holy Island is a special place and we said some prayers from the CAFOD Power To Be liturgy as we cross.”

Springwell charity wants dementia sufferers to rediscover their green fingers

Volunteers from the Marine Management Organisation at the Springwell Community Memory Garden.
Volunteers from the Marine Management Organisation at the Springwell Community Memory Garden.

A dementia charity is encouraging those living with the condition to rediscover their green fingers at a garden project in Springwell, Gateshead.

Silverline Memories, which runs projects across Newcastle and Gateshead, has recently opened a brand new woodworking studio and workshop for those affected to enjoy at Springwell Community Memory Garden.

Created from a disused shipping container, which was kindly donated by Gateshead Council, this facility gives users the chance to maintain their skills or learn new ones, as well as aiding the maintenance of essential cognitive function.

The new woodworking workshop has strengthened the garden’s Men’s Shed project, which offers men the space, tools and resources to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace, as well as skill-sharing and giving a sense of purpose and social interaction.

James Hill, project manager, said: “We wanted to add a facility that would bring back skills possibly forgotten by those living with dementia, and that can be passed on to their peers so woodworking seemed the obvious choice.”

Founder member, Bobby Hedley, who is living with dementia, has been involved with the garden since its inception in 2014 and visits every week.

He said: “I look forward to coming to the garden and particularly enjoy armchair-gardening with a cup of tea.

“This is a great way to make friends, but the local gossip is limited at the moment so we need more people to join us.”

If you would like to get involved in Springwell Community Memory Garden, call James on 0191 603 0095 or email James@silverlinememories.com

Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Newcastle donate to the homeless of Sunderland

Women of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Newcastle chapter donated food to Sunderland Homeless Food bank
Women of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Newcastle chapter donated food to Sunderland Homeless Food bank

Raising money for: Serving humanity

Organiser Shafia Saeed of Gateshead said: “Women auxiliary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Newcastle bought food and donation to homeless people in Sunderland. The food and duvet were presented to the lady who runs that food bank. The main purpose of this month to feel the pain of hunger and feed people who haven’t got provisions. That is the spirit of Ramadan.

“Being Muslims we ought to make charity donations because “Allah’s Messenger was the most generous of all the people, and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan. Allah’s Messenger was the most generous person, even more generous than the fair winds.”

Children of the North East recognised for their achievements

Children and their families who attended the Stars Awards night through The Children's Foundation
Children and their families who attended the Stars Awards night through The Children’s Foundation

Tuesday 20 June was a special day for 11 youngsters from the North East, when they received an award from The Children’s Foundation.

The charity’s annual Stars Awards, now in its 11th year, recognises the achievements of children in the North East with a disability and facing difficult challenges on a daily basis. Sponsored by intu Eldon Square and hosted by Metro Radio Breakfast Show’s Karen Oxee and Steve Furnell, the ceremony took place at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle and was attended by families, friends and supporters, all celebrating the winners’ accomplishments.

Metro Radio host Karen Oxee said: “Steve and I have been lucky enough to host The Children’s Foundation Stars Awards for a number of years now. It’s such a lovely event to be part of. The stories are always very humbling and can be very sad when you hear about the challenges the families face every day. However, the event is a real celebration of these amazing stars – so strong in the face of adversity. We’re honoured to be asked back each year to meet all of these fabulous families. Long may the Stars Awards continue!

West Allotment girl is recognised by international charity

Harriotte Lane, 16 from West Allotment who has won the Diana Award
Harriotte Lane, 16 from West Allotment who has won the Diana Award

Local girl Harriotte Lane, 16, from West Allotment who has previously been recognised for her outstanding charity work including being North East Charity Awards Young Fundraiser of the Year and Role Model of the Year in the Chronicle Champions awards has been recognised by the international charity set up as a legacy for Princess Diana following her death.

The Diana Awards recognises outstanding young people who have gone above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change in their communities and the world as Princess Diana believed they could. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Princess Diana. It is a particularly special and poignant year for young people receiving The Diana Award in her memory.

Sarah Lane said: “Since embarking on fundraising in 2013 when she first competed for the coveted title of Miss Teen Great Britain, which she went back the next year and won. Harriotte has raised over £35,000, attended and supported over 500 charity and community events as well as hosting her own. She has gone on to inspire dozens of people, all ages to get involved and she has even set up the North a East Pageant Network to continue to support, mentor and inspire others to get involved. Members over the Network least year collectively raised over £30,000 through their fundraising work and volunteering hundreds of hours to help make events happen.

“Harriotte was nominated for the award by a Hannah Todd, a local photographer that had been inspired to get involved with Harriotte and her fundraising two years ago.

Hannah said: “She is a very special and unique young lady, Harriotte works tirelessly to contribute to our community and her charity work is amazing, we all have a lot to learn from her. I’ve witnessed her inspire and motivate so many people I just felt I had to do something that would give a Harriotte the deserved recognition.

“She’s got a huge modelling career ahead of her, she is already seen as one if the region’s top models and has been signed by an international agency but Harriotte is just as determined to be a strong role model as well”.

North Shields Art Exhibition

From left - Karen Knox Artistic Director of for the Exchange, Emma Nelson - Charity Event Organiser, and Wayne Bordoli Volunteer.
From left – Karen Knox Artistic Director of for the Exchange, Emma Nelson – Charity Event Organiser, and Wayne Bordoli Volunteer.

Raising money for: Save the Children – to help the Yemen Crisis Appeal

Yemen Crisis Appeal founder and event coordinator Emma Nelson of North Shields said: “The Art with a Big Open Heart Exhibition 2017 invites local arts & crafters to donate art to be sold in aid of Save the Children. Opens Thursday 6th July for free launch Night 7pm – 11pm at The Exchange, Howard St, North Shields, NE30 1SE. Includes complementary drink, Live music, prizes, bar. Everyone welcome. Free kids crafts Saturday 8th July 11.30am-2.30pm. Exhibtion runs throughout July. It is so heartbreaking to watch the terrible atrocities so many Yemeni children and their families face every day as a result of conflict and famine. We are calling on our wonderful community to help creative a brighter future for children – please get involved! Last year’s exhibition raised nearly £3,000

Memory walk and fun day in Consett

Raising money for: Alzheimer’s Society

There will be a Memory Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and a community fun day on Sunday, August 6, 12pm-3pm at Consett Cricket Club, Hope Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5TS. The event is organised by Community Champion at Tesco Consett Genesis Extra.

For more information or to register visit www.tescoconsettmemorywalk.eventbrite.co.uk

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