Ever since the Mayor and Mayoress were handed the chains of office, last May, they have been drumming up support for their charity fund.
Every year, the civic couple choose the main charities they wish to raise funds for, with smaller groups also receiving a cut.
This year, the Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson and Mayoress, Patricia Ridley, have pickedCancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice, The Great North Air Ambulance and the Cystic Fibrosis Fund as the main beneficiaries.
Throughout the last 12 months they have embarked on a number of fundraising quests and called on the generosity of a number of South Tyneside businesses.
Following the success of the Mayor’s Ball, car dealer Vic Young match-funded the money raised during the raffle, adding a further £1,855.70 to the fund.
While Rice ‘n’ Spice in Binchester Street, Simonside, and Kashmir Tandoori in Frederick Street, both South Shields, have thrown their weight behind the charity by asking customers to drop their spare change into pots placed on counters.
Both businesses match-funded what was in the pots to help boost the funds further.
Colmans in Ocean Road and menswear shop Greenwoods also got in on the action by allowing charity pots to be placed on their counters.
Coun Gibson said: “Both myself and Patricia have worked really hard to raise as much as we could during our mayoral year for our charity.
“So far, we have raised more than £30,000, which is a huge testament to the generosity of the people and businesses of South Tyneside.
“We have received so much support from across the borough, it really has been overwhelming and has made our year that so much more special.
“We appreciate that times are hard but to raise so much for our charity is absolutely amazing and wouldn’t have been achieved if it wasn’t for the support of businesses in South Tyneside.”
He added: “Both myself and Patricia, would like to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts who has helped to make this year’s fundraising a huge success.”
n The Mayor has released a CD in a bid to boost the funds of his Mayor’s Charity.
Coun Gibson joined forces with young musicians who attend Custom Space, formerly the Cave, in Captains Row, South Shields, to create The Mayor’s Song.
A limited number of copies of the CD are available now, priced £2.50, from libraries, tourist information centres and the visitor centre in Haven Point.