Community rallies to boost lifeboat charity

BOXING CLEVER ... Adam and Eve licensees Barrie and Andrea Millett with the plaque they received for being top fundraisers.
BOXING CLEVER ... Adam and Eve licensees Barrie and Andrea Millett with the plaque they received for being top fundraisers.

A POPULAR South Shields pub, and a town centre community association, pushed the boat out to help a lifesaving charity in the town.

The Adam and Eve at Laygate, and Ocean Road CA, have been recognised with a plaque and a certificate by South Shields Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild for being the two top contributors to their collecting boxes, which this year raised more than £3,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

CENTRE STAGE...Betty Clark, Liz Stephenson and Ashleigh Carrol from Ocean Road CA, which received a certificate.

CENTRE STAGE...Betty Clark, Liz Stephenson and Ashleigh Carrol from Ocean Road CA, which received a certificate.

Management, staff and customers of the Adam Eve came top of the league, with £666, followed by £203 from members and staff of Ocean Road CA.

More than 40 other pubs, shops and other institutions also collected for the charity.

It brings the total raised by the Guild over the past year to almost £11,000, an increase of more than £3,000 on the previous 12 months.

Guild members will be told at their annual meeting next week that, of that total, donations amounted to more than £2,400, while £2,370 came from branch efforts, and £1,110 from gifts made in memory of loved ones.

What makes our work special is when you have people like the lovely lady who came up to our stall with a little knitted lifeboat man, which she hoped could make some money for us.

A recent collection at Tesco, Simonside, alone realised £440.

Secretary Joan Stephenson thanked everyone for their support.

“What makes our work special is when you have people like the lovely lady who came up to our stall with a little knitted lifeboat man, which she hoped could make some money for us.”

But the continued closure of public houses was reducing the number of collecting boxes in the community, she said.

“Our box list is really getting low, so if anyone knows of a pub or shop which would be willing to take a box, then please let us know.”

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