SOUTH Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson is hoping people will dig deep to help raise funds for good causes during his year in office.
The borough’s first citizen and his Mayoress, Patricia Ridley, have chosen four charities to benefit from cash raised throughout the year by the annual Mayor’s Charity appeal.
The worthy causes they will be supporting are South Shields-based Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, the Great North Air Ambulance Service and the paediatric cystic fibrosis fund at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria’s Infimary.
The couple also hope enough money will be raised to enable them to make smaller donations to other charities offering support to the people of South Tyneside. Over the coming months, a number of events will be held in a bid to boost the final total of the kitty.
On Sunday, volunteers will be at the gates of Bents Park in South Shields with collection tins in the hope that pop fans there to see Toploader and The South’s free summer festival shows will dig deep for charity.
Ms Ridley said: “There are so many worthwhile charities helping the people of South Tyneside.
“To narrow it down to just four has been a difficult decision for us to make.
“Throughout the year, both myself and the Mayor will be working hard to raise as much money as we can for those charities who deliver vital services to the residents of the borough.
“We know times are hard financially for people, but whatever anyone can spare would be gratefully received or any fundraising ideas they may have.”