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Runner’s boost for arts charity

BEST BAR NONE ... Dave Wood thanks Ashleigh Brewer, who works at the Britannia pub, for raising �387 for Arts 4 Wellbeing.

BEST BAR NONE ... Dave Wood thanks Ashleigh Brewer, who works at the Britannia pub, for raising �387 for Arts 4 Wellbeing.

AN arts charity has received a boost after a barmaid hit the road in her running shoes.

Ashleigh Brewer took part in the Great North Run in September.

By completing the 13.1-mile run from Newcastle to South Shields, she raised £387 for South Tyneside charity, Arts 4 Wellbeing.

The charity offers visual arts, including sketching, painting with watercolours and oils, digital imaging, sculpting and a variety of other crafts to those with learning or physical disabilities and those suffering with a mental health condition.

Ashleigh works at the Brittania pub in South Shields, and is a tutor one day a week at the charity. She was one of three people who took part in the half-marathon for the group.

Gavin Harrison ran in the event to raise £232, while 11-year-old Olivia Simpson, who took part in the junior event, raised £500.

Dave Wood, Arts 4 Wellbeing project manager, said: “It is a massive boost for the charity to know we have people who are willing to support us, especially during these hard economic times.

“It’s also nice to have a local pub at the heart of the community supporting Ashleigh to raise funds for our charity.

“We are grateful to all the runners and those who supported them.”

The Arts 4 Wellbeing studio in Derby Terrace, South Shields, uses art to help people gain confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

Members can work for a NCFE qualification.

An independent charity, it works closely with South Tyneside Council and South of Tyne Primary Care Trust.

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