South Tynesiders are lending a helping hand to people in need thousands of miles away on the Falkland Islands.
Members of Primrose Community Association in Lambton Terrace, Jarrow, are raising cash to help pay for relatives of islanders with serious medical conditions to accompany them to Uruguay for treatment.
The fundraising effort was inspired by local Falklands veteran Chris Goss, who recently spoke to Primrose CA members about his war experiences on the islands.
His talk raised £120 and centre members aim to organise more events in future to support islanders and their relatives.
Mr Goss, 53, was a member of 45 Commando Royal Marines during the war and last winter returned to the Falklands at the invitation of the South Atlantic Medal Association, to revisit the battlefields.
He said: “I think it was a great gesture by Primrose CA and I’m very grateful.
“I’m also glad the centre aims to provide more help.”
Mr Goss, a retired police officer, was part of a unit that attacked Two Sisters ridge, above Port Stanley, on June 11, 1982.
He was hit by artillery shell shrapnel, an injury that saw him being pensioned out of the marines. Mr Goss’s recent return trip saw him stay with a family involved in the conflict, and he was determined to repay the kindness of islanders.
Sue Topping, centre manager at Primrose CA, said: “The centre is hoping to perhaps organise a race night or other events to help pay for the travel and other costs of relatives of those receiving treatment in Uruguay.”