A CHARITY cuppa has raised hundreds of pounds for seriously-ill patients in South Tyneside.
Staff from Yorkshire Bank in the Denmark Centre, South Shields, joined forces with local business Last Respects to stage a charity coffee morning.
The event raised £350 for St Clare’s Hospice in Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, which provides day and residential care for people with life-limiting illnesses.
Tracey Wright, branch manager at Yorkshire Bank, said: “We wanted to do something to foster community spirit in the area, and started thinking of ideas that would help to raise funds and also enable us to work with local businesses.
“I started talking with Michele Rutherford from Last Respects Funeral Service, and she was only too happy to join forces with the bank to help raise funds for St Clare’s.”
The coffee morning at the South Shields bank included a raffle and tombola, with prizes donated by local businesses, to further foster community links.
Michele Rutherford said: “I was more than happy to help with the organisation after speaking with Tracey at the branch.
“Our ideas seem to have snowballed since our first discussion and local businesses have been fantastic, donating prizes for our raffle and tombola.”
Annual operating costs at the Jarrow hospice have recently soared to almost £2m, making constant fundraising essential, despite the severe economic climate.
Senior hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “We’d like to sincerely thank Tracey from Yorkshire Bank and Michele from Last Respects for their support in holding this coffee morning.
“They and their customers have helped to raise a lot of money over the years, via coffee mornings and raffles, and have always been very generous.
“We hope people enjoyed a coffee and perhaps a cake.”
Yorkshire Bank is also selling Christmas cards for the hospice.
To support St Clare’s, call 451 6387.