Collecting stamps and washing powder tops for charity

Sorting out jumble for the white elephant stall are Miss Eleanor Stinson, chairman of the South Shields committee of the North of England Cancer Research Campaign with members of the committee.
Sorting out jumble for the white elephant stall are Miss Eleanor Stinson, chairman of the South Shields committee of the North of England Cancer Research Campaign with members of the committee.
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They were all busy raising cash for worthy causes when the Gazette’s photographer popped up at these money-spinning events from the past.

From the 1950s through to the 80s, big-hearted South Tynesiders can be seen collecting all kinds of things to help fill garden fete and white elephant stalls as well as the coffers of numerous charities and appeal funds.

Miss Eleanor Stinson, matron of Cleadon Park Hospital, at one of the stalls selling handicrafts made by members of her staff and their families which were on sale at a garden fete held in the hospital grounds in aid of the patients.

Miss Eleanor Stinson, matron of Cleadon Park Hospital, at one of the stalls selling handicrafts made by members of her staff and their families which were on sale at a garden fete held in the hospital grounds in aid of the patients.

They included members of the Cleadon Townswomen’s Guild who presented a garden seat to the Cleadon Park Hospital to local committee members of the North of England Cancer Research Campaign sorting out jumble.

Others were pictured collecting Persil washing powder packet tops and bag fulls of postage stamps.

What did you do to raise funds for good causes in days gone by?

Miss Eleanor Stinson, matron of Cleadon Park Hospital, South Shields sitting on the wooden seat which was presented to the hospital by Cleadon Townswomen's Guild. Pictured with the matron, Mrs Joan Liddle, are guild chairman, members and nursing staff.

Miss Eleanor Stinson, matron of Cleadon Park Hospital, South Shields sitting on the wooden seat which was presented to the hospital by Cleadon Townswomen's Guild. Pictured with the matron, Mrs Joan Liddle, are guild chairman, members and nursing staff.