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Generous OAPs make donations at the double

HELPING HAND ... Friendly Circle members hand over cheques to representatives of the Alzheimers Society and the RNLI.

HELPING HAND ... Friendly Circle members hand over cheques to representatives of the Alzheimers Society and the RNLI.

Generous pensioners have helped boost the coffers of two charities which help people in South Tyneside.

Members of The Friendly Circle – some of whom are in their 90s – put their fundraising skills to good use in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

In less than 10 months, the group, which is based at the Baptist Tabernacle, in Marsden Road, South Shields, raised £2,000 which has now been split between the two charities.

The cash was raised through raffles, donations and coffee mornings.

Elizabeth Douglas, a member of the group’s committee, said: “Every year we try and raise funds for charity. Last year, we raised £1,000 for St Clare’s Hospice. This year we had five charities to choose from and the RNLI and the Alzheimer’s Society were the ones people wanted to see their money go to.

“The members were really keen for their money to stay in South Tyneside to benefit people who live here.”

The Friendly Circle has been running for 47 years and has 80 members – all over the age of 60.

The group meet every Wednesday between 2pm and 3pm, and offers its members the chance to take part in social activities and outings.

Anyone interested in joining the Friendly Circle are invited to come along to a session.

The last meeting of the Friendly Circle before a summer break will take place on July 30. Meetings will resume on September 3.

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