A CHARITY which helps women in South Tyneside has received a double funding boost.
Women’s Health in South Tyneside (Whist), based in Mile End Road, South Shields, has received £1,300 from women taking part in events in their name.
Jeanette Hewitson, from the Nook area of South Shields, raised £600 when she took part in the Edinburgh marathon in May.
The 50-year-old, who completed the run in four hours 32 minutes, said: “I wanted to do something really challenging to celebrate my 50th birthday.
“The Edinburgh marathon is the second largest marathon in the UK, so I knew there would be plenty of support to help me get through it and achieve my goal.
“On the day of the marathon there was a fantastic atmosphere and I knew I was doing something worthwhile.”
Meanwhile, a line-dancing event organised by Ethel Ramsey and Jean Leithead, at the Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields, resulted in £700 for the charity.
Joy Nancarrow, volunteer co-ordinator at Whist, which has been running since 1986, said: “It’s great local people value the work that we do here, and Jeanette running a marathon to help us is fantastic.
“We’d also like to thank Ethel and Jean, who have supported the project for many years, for their continuing enthusiasm for our work. It is wonderful and very much appreciated by staff, volunteers and members.
“The charity has been working with women since 1986 and is delighted to receive the donations which will help to support the work of volunteers at the project.
“A thank you must also go to Hay’s travel who have donated more than £100 to Whist after the charity was nominated by their staff.”
The counselling service last year supported almost 100 women through issues such as domestic abuse, bereavement and depression and offered 66 personal development courses.
The charity are continuing their fundraising efforts with a summer event taking place on Wednesday, July 2, at the venue in Mile End Road, from 11am until 2pm.
Visitors to the event will have the chance to pick up a clothing bargain from £1 or gifts for £1. A plant sale will take place on Monday, July 7.