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Charity spreads Christmas cheer at Mission to Seafarers

GIFT ... June Crozier hands over tinned food to Mission to Seafarers' Dianne Erskine. Back, Ernest Tweddell and Vera Jobson

GIFT ... June Crozier hands over tinned food to Mission to Seafarers' Dianne Erskine. Back, Ernest Tweddell and Vera Jobson

A SOUTH Tyneside charity has been spreading a little festive cheer by donating food to a good cause.

Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society handed over food to the Mission to Seafarers in South Shields which was left over from the charity’s recent fundraiser.

The event was held at St Gregory’s Church Hall, last month, in aid of the society which supports people with dementia and their families.

It raised £755 and a bag pack in the town’s Iceland store raised a further £368.

As well as food items, the Mission, in Mill Dam, South Shields, were also given CDs, DVDs and a hi-fi system from Alzheimer’s Society volunteer and widow June Coser.

The items belonged to her late husband Bill, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, and who died in February,aged 84.

Mrs Coser, said: “I never thought I would part with any of Bill’s things but when I was talking to Dianne at the Mission and she was telling me about the crews, I just thought it would be a nice way to honour Bill’s memory. His things were only sitting there not being used.

“It was hard but I’d much prefer them to be of use to someone.

“On behalf of the fundraising group at the Alzheimer’s Society, Vera Jobson, Sarah Ashton and Ernest Tweddell, we would like to thank everyone who donated to our fundraising event and helped make it a success.”

The food donations were made into hampers for retired seafarers and their families, who without it would have struggled at Christmas.

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