Award-winning South Tyneside charity scoops lottery funding to help boost community spirit

Family Gateway receive funding from Big Lottery Fund. Front from left, Julie Croft and Karen Bainbridge. Back from left, Collette Benton, Nicola Morris, Mandie Smedley and Sharon Oliver.
Family Gateway receive funding from Big Lottery Fund. Front from left, Julie Croft and Karen Bainbridge. Back from left, Collette Benton, Nicola Morris, Mandie Smedley and Sharon Oliver.
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An award-winning charity with a base in South Tyneside is aiming to smash down the generation barrier by throwing a fun day for all ages.

Family Gateway, formerly Tyne Gateway, has been handed £8,000 from the Big Lottery’s Celebrate Fund to put on events aimed at bringing people together and to celebrate the community where they live.

The event will also give the charity, which supports families living in disadvantaged areas, the chance to boost its profile.

A fun day in South Tyneside will take place on June 10 at Hebburn Hub, in Glen Street, from 10am, while a second event will be held in North Shields on a different date.

Pauline Wonders, strategic director, said: “The events are all about getting people of all ages together and celebrating our communities.

“Hebburn is such a lovely little community with a lot of heritage, which is why we decided to hold one of our events here.

“During the event there will be different activities on which will give young people the chance to try out different games played by the older generation.

“It will give also give people the chance to celebrate where they live as well as promote what we do.”

Throughout the event, visitors will be able to take part in a tea dance, listen to live music from singer Annie Binnie, chat about history, and meet the Knitting Nanas.

Wii and games will also be available for people to try their hand at along with entertainment from MC Lads North East Combination and a range of stalls.

For charity details, visit www.tynegateway.co.uk.