A DAY of fun for all the family raised £4,000 for two South Tyneside charities.
Rosiefest, which was held at the Holborn Rose and Crown in Hill Street, South Shields, last month, raised cash for Cancer Connections and the Charlie Cookson Foundation.
The event included performances from live bands and DJs, fairground rides, facepainting, a singalong to Disney’s Frozen, raffles, an auction and much more.
It was organised by Natalie Lascelles with the help of her mum, Pat, nephew Sam Carr and his friend, Grace Thirke, who did their bit by making and selling loom bands.
The loom bands, which were also made by Grace and Sophie Hepworth, raised £150 of the final amount.
Natalie, 37, a safeguard liaison worker at Bamburgh School, in South Shields, said: “I’ve organised the event for the last three years. I’ve always done it for Cancer Connections, and chosen one other charity to support as well.
“I chose these ones because I like what they do, they help people and they’re local. It’s so nice to see everyone coming together to have fun and raise some money and awareness of the charities – that’s what it’s all about.
“I was really overwhelmed by the support from everyone who donated prizes and came along on the day and by everyone who helped me put it together.” The event raised £3,000 for Cancer Connections. The charity, based in Harton Lane, South Shields, offers advice, therapies and support to cancer patients and their families.
The organisation’s co-founder, Deborah Roberts, said: “It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to raise this amount of money from an event.
“We cannot thank Natalie enough for her continued support to Cancer Connections, all the bands and acts who turned up and gave their time free were amazing, and a special thank you to every person who donated prizes to the event.”
Rosiefest also raised £1,000 for the Charlie Cookson Foundation. The South Shields-based charity was set up in memory of tragic tot Charlie by his parents, Sarah and Chris, to financially support families with terminally-ill children.
Sarah said: “It’s just amazing. It was originally £500 that she wanted to donate, but then said she wanted to give us more and we were just amazed by it.
“We’re just so grateful to everyone who makes a donation to help us aid these amazing families who just need a bit of a break. There’s no other charity that really does what we do, and we can’t do it without people’s support.
“It raised awareness too and we’re just overwhelmed.”