A BRASS band hit all the right notes to help families on a fundraising mission.
Westoe Brass band, based at Harton and Westoe Miner’s Welfare in Low Lane, South Shields, hosted a series of collections in aid of The Cruse Crew during their carol concerts.
The fee from a further showcase was also added to cash donated by shoppers, and visitors to the Vigilant pub in Harton Village, to raise more than £500 for the group.
The Cruse Crew is aiming to raise £30,000 in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to enable the charity to bring its children and young people’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside. It already provides a service to adults in the borough.
The fundraising venture was launched after parents Davy Carr and Emma Robertson were unable to find support for their young children following the death of their respective partners.
Currently, families needing to access the service have to travel to its base in High Heaton, Newcastle. The group was put forward to benefit from the cash by band member Ruth Nisbet whose two nieces and nephew are being supported by the charity after the death of their father Karl Carson, last year.
Miss Nisbet said: “I know how hard it has been for my sister Laura and the kids since losing Karl, and it is important that children do get the support when they need it.
“Laura and the rest of the group have done amazing to achieve what they have so far and we just wanted to do our bit to help.”