PEOPLE can support a South Tyneside charity and remember a lost loved one by buying a virtual daisy.
Cancer Connections has launched a new way to make an online donation.
The charity, based in Harton Lane, South Shields, offers therapies, counselling and support to borough cancer patients and their families.
It costs £150,000 each year to run the charity, and it receives just one third of its funding, meaning it needs to raise £100,000 itself.
Co-founder Deborah Roberts said: “We thought this was a nice way for people to make a donation and remember a lost loved one or celebrate a life at the same time.
“People can go to Just Giving online and make a donation of £2 or more to get their daisy and the more people that do it, the longer the daisy chain gets.
“You can write a message inside then when you buy your daisy, you can click on it and it opens to reveal your message and a butterfly flies out, so it’s sort of like it’s flying off with your message.
“We thought it was a really nice symbol.”
She added: “We do rely very heavily on the fundraising efforts of the people of South Tyneside and on behalf of everyone at Cancer Connections, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation, or done something to raise money this year.
“There’s so many people to thank for all sorts of different reasons and we couldn’t do what we do without their help.
“We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year.”
Cancer Connections bosses also want to remind people that they will not be able to take part in the charity’s Boxing Day Dip, at Little Haven beach, unless they have already signed up.
To buy a daisy, go to www.justgiving.com/donateadaisy