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Former first couple’s £14,000 for good causes

CIVIC SERVICE ... front, from left, Coun Olive Punchion gives a cheque to Sylvia Hawkins from Womens Health In South Tyneside and Coun Eileen Leask hands a cheque to Les Greenwood from the MS Society South Tyneside. Back, from left, Ann Kirton of St Francis Animal Rescue; John Taylor of Veterans At Ease; Clare Allom of South Tyneside Diabetes UK volunteers group; Bob Douglas of 103 Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, and Peter Boyack representing South Shields Royal British Legion.

CIVIC SERVICE ... front, from left, Coun Olive Punchion gives a cheque to Sylvia Hawkins from Womens Health In South Tyneside and Coun Eileen Leask hands a cheque to Les Greenwood from the MS Society South Tyneside. Back, from left, Ann Kirton of St Francis Animal Rescue; John Taylor of Veterans At Ease; Clare Allom of South Tyneside Diabetes UK volunteers group; Bob Douglas of 103 Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association, and Peter Boyack representing South Shields Royal British Legion.

THE former Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside have given local charities 14,000 reasons to celebrate the New Year.

Coun Eileen Leask, who was civic head in 2012/13, and Coun Olive Punchion, who ably assisted her, raised a magnificent £14,000 for good causes in the borough during their year in office.

The beneficiaries were presented with their cheques at a recent ceremony at South Shields Town Hall.

The organisations who benefited from a share of the cash were the MS Society South Tyneside; Whist (Women’s Health In South Tyneside); South Tyneside Diabetes UK volunteers group; St Francis Animal Rescue; Veterans At Ease; 103 Branch of the Normandy Veterans’ Association; and South Shields Royal British Legion.

All the money was raised through a variety of special events and hard work from local people, groups and volunteers. Coun Leask heaped praise on the borough’s public for their “unrivalled generosity”.

She said: “The response we got to our fundraising appeal for the Mayor’s Charity was heartwarming and something I will never forget.

“The final sum shows just how generous the people of South Tyneside are towards supporting local charities.

“I hope that the money goes a long way to helping the nominated groups deliver the amazing work they provide across the borough.”

Coun Punchion added: “We were so proud of all the hard work and support we received towards our charity efforts.

“People were very kind with how much time, imagination and energy they donated throughout the year-long campaign.

“We were privileged to meet so many amazing people, who helped us achieve our charity goals, and make a real difference to people’s lives in South Tyneside.”

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