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.