A JOURNEY sparked by tragedy has raised £30,000 to help bereaved children in double-quick time.
The Cruse Crew group gave themselves a year to raise the cash to bring a children’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside.
It’s great to think that no other family in South Tyneside will need to go through what I went through after losing my husband, trying to find support for their children.Emma Robertson
But thanks to the generosity of people and businesses in the borough, they have raised £32,000 in just six months.
The money will enable the charity Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, based in Newcastle, and is already supporting adults in the borough to open a base specifically to help young people who have suffered a bereavement.
The cash was raised through a range of events organised by the 15-strong group and youngsters will have the support they require on their doorstep for at least three years.
Emma Robertson, who lost her husband Gary in 2012, and was left with three children to support, said: “Six months ago we started on a journey and I feel we have become like one big family, which I am so proud to be part of.
“I think about Gary all of the time and it feels like, in his way he is still looking out for us. It is through him we have become part of the Cruse Crew.
“Personally, the group has given me the strength to look to the future and it is just amazing what we have achieved for the charity.”
She added: “It’s great to think that no other family in South Tyneside will need to go through what I went through after losing my husband, trying to find support for their children.”
Another member of the group, father of two Davy Carr, who lost his wife Joanne, said: “People’s generosity in South Tyneside and where I am from, Wardley, has been phenomenal – but it hasn’t just been about the money.
“The campaign has brought people together who understand what each other is going through.
“We have all done this in memory of our loved ones and to think I have been able to honour Joanne’s memory in this way – that makes what we have achieved even more special.”
Alfie Leggett, who lost his nine-year old son Jack to a brain tumour, said: “I never had any doubt we would raise the money as we were all doing it in memory of our loved ones – but I never thought we would do it so quickly, and that’s down to the people of South Tyneside.
“It has been absolute joy for myself and my partner Susan to be part of such an amazing group of people, and it has made the loss of Jack that little bit easier to bear.”
Margaret Patterson, chairwoman of Cruse Tyneside, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to hear that the Cruse Crew has reached their target of £30,000 and send my congratulations.
“This achievement is amazing in itself, but the fact that the Cruse Crew has managed to achieve their target in such a short space of time makes it even more amazing and shows how dedicated the Cruse Crew has been to their project.
“Thanks must go to all the people who have been involved in organising such a variety of events, to all the businesses who have helped and to all who have attended, and supported, the events that have taken place.
“The money that has been raised by the Cruse Crew will enable Cruse Tyneside to give much-needed support to bereaved children and young people in the borough of South Tyneside for the next three years.”