A FUNDRAISING mission by a group of bereaved families is set to receive a boost – thanks to a South Tyneside venue.
OTTO restaurant and The Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, will both be hosting events this weekend with donations being given to The Cruse Crew.
The group – made up of South Tyneside families who have been affected by the death of a loved one – is aiming to raise £30k within 12 months, in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, to help the charity bring its children’s bereavement support service to the borough.
The fundraising venture was launched after Davy Carr and Emma Robertson struggled to find support for their children after the death of their partners – Mr Carr’s wife Joanne, aged 41, and Mrs Robertson’s husband Gary, 39.
Both were given support by Cruse, however, they had to travel to the charity’s base in High Heaton, Newcastle, to receive it.
Now, along with Cruse Crew members, Jean Costello, Alfie Leggett, Susan Clarkson and Laura Nisbet, they hope this weekend of events will help them creep closer to the £30,000 target they are trying to reach.
Carl Mowatt, manager of OTTO restaurant, based within The Hedworth Hall, said: “I have met some of the families who are part of this group and, from talking to them, this is a service that is needed here in South Tyneside.
“You can’t help but feel inspired by them as, despite their own grief, they are determined to help others by raising this cash to bring the charity’s children’s bereavement support service here to South Tyneside.”
The first event will take place on Saturday, when Sunderland legend and captain of the 1973 FA Cup winning team Bobby Kerr will be signing copies of his book ‘The Little General’ at Hedworth Hall from 1pm.
The event is ticket-only, with proceeds being donated to The Cruse Crew’s fundraising mission. Tickets are priced £2. Kerr’s book will also be on sale at the event priced £18.
On Sunday, OTTO restaurant will be launching its newest menu, in conjunction with boot camp trainer Louise Scott, who runs Witness the Fitness, aimed at those looking for an alternative healthier option when dining out.
The White Party, featuring music by the Alexandra duo and Julia, starts at 6.30pm with tickets priced £15. A donation from each ticket sale will be handed to The Cruse Crew as well as prize money from a raffle on the night.
The families are being supported by Cruse Crew members, former Mayor and Mayoress Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley, friends Mandy and Paul Kirton, Rachel Little, Alana Vickers and Shields Gazette staff Joyce Auty and Lisa Nightingale.
The campaign is also being backed by the Shields Gazette, Hedworth Hall and OTTO restaurant, Asda and borough-based CE Sports.
Tickets for both events are available from the Hedworth Hall or by calling 456 3112.