Funeral director gets families involved to raise funds for South Tyneside hospice

Mortimer Primary School pupils raise funds for St Clares at the Rainbow Dash event. Children from left Ben Scudder aged six, Lucy Baxter aged 6 and Jackson  Green aged seven. Back from left Peter Johnson Funeral Joanne Green, St Clares Sonia Graham and Peter Johnson Funerals Sam Baxter
Mortimer Primary School pupils raise funds for St Clares at the Rainbow Dash event. Children from left Ben Scudder aged six, Lucy Baxter aged 6 and Jackson Green aged seven. Back from left Peter Johnson Funeral Joanne Green, St Clares Sonia Graham and Peter Johnson Funerals Sam Baxter
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Staff at a funeral home in South Tyneside recruited their children to help raise funds for a South Tyneside hospice.

Peter Johnson Funerals has supported St Clare’s Hospice’s Rainbow Dash since it began three years ago.

This year, staff members got their children involved to boost fundraising.

They joined more than 300 people at Monkton Stadium as they were showered head to toe in colourful paint during a fun run.

Employees Joanne Green and Sam Baxter took part in the one-kilometre course with Joanne’s son Jackson, seven, Sam’s daughter Lucy, six, and fellow employee Ray Scudder’s grandson Ben, also six.

Ben, who won a prize for being covered in the most paint during the event, and the others are pupils at Mortimer Primary School, and invited St Clare’s fundraiser Sonia Graham to the school to present her with a cheque for £575.

Peter Johnson, managing director of the funeral directors, said: “Each year Peter Johnson Funerals has supported the St Clare’s Rainbow Dash. I am so happy to see this great event complete its third very colourful year.

“The company is a regular supporter of St Clare’s but this event is the one our staff look forward to so much; they even take their families along. Joanne and Sam both took part in previous years and had so much fun getting ‘Rainbowed’ so this year, staff decided to involve their families.

“We are grateful to St Clare’s Hospice for putting on these events as part of their fundraising and for a good cause at the same time. We were pleased to give our continuing support to Rainbow Dash for the hospice.”

Sonia added: “We were delighted when Peter Johnson Funerals came on board to support our Rainbow Dash again. Their staff are always keen to take up various challenges to support the Hospice. They were also an asset on the day throwing the red paint over the runners.”

St Clare’s is an independent hospice based in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow and has been providing palliative care to the local community since 1987.