FAMILIES are being invited to enjoy a day of bank holiday fun at a South Tyneside sports and social club.
Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare, in Low Lane, South Shields, will open its gates next Monday to a host of activities to help keep youngsters and those young at heart entertained.
The event has been organised by the club’s board of trustees and they hope as many people as possible will turn out.
Trustee John Gardiner said: “Fun days and events where families could come together were a regular occurrence during the days when the mining community was thriving.
“And it is something we want to bring back to the area.
“We held one last year and it was well attended. This year we have more going on and hope to see even more faces coming through our gates to enjoy the day.”
The gates will open on the family fun day, which has been made possible with the help of cash from the West Shields community area forum.
Throughout the day there will be hula hooping, face painting, bouncy castles, assault courses, a junior football tournament, bowls and live music.
There will also be a display by Harton and Westoe Miners’ Boxing club.
Meanwhile, the club is also throwing its weight behind the fundraising endeavour of five families – known as the Cruse Crew – who are raising cash to bring a children and young people’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside.
Parents Davy Carr, Emma Robertson, Jean Costello, Laura Nisbet, Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkson are aiming to raise £30,000 for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, to enable the charity to bring its children’s bereavement support service to the borough.
Cruse already supports families from South Tyneside, however, they have to travel to its base in High Heaton to access its service.
The fundraising endeavour was launched after Mr Carr and Mrs Robertson both struggled to find support for their children following the deaths of their respective partners, Joanne, 41, and Gary, 39.
They are being supported by former Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, friends Paul and Mandy Kirton, Rachel Little and Alana Vickers, and Shields Gazette staff Joyce Auty and Lisa Nightingale.
Coun Gibson said: “When a child experiences the death of a loved one, without the right support it could have a profound effect on the rest of their lives.
“When I approached the trustees of Harton and Miners’ Welfare, they didn’t hesitate in offering to get behind the charity and the fundraising campaign by the families.
“Members of the Cruse Crew will also be at the fun day to promote their cause.”
The Cruse Crew campaign is being backed by The Shields Gazette, Hedworth Hall and OTTO restaurant, Asda and borough-based CE Sports.