AN evening of song is aiming to raise enough cash to help a widower get back his independence.
Vince Pool was left to rely on taxis and support from friends after thieves stole his mobility scooter from outside his home in Cornwallis Square, South Shields.
When the message went out about Vince asking if we as a group would be willing to help – our immediate response was yes. To lose his wife and then to be stripped of his independence by thieves, it was just heartbreaking,Jean Costello, The Cruse Crew
The scooter was later found by police, however, it had been damaged by criminals.
Unable to afford the cost of repairs, the Kayaks – a group attended by Vince’s daughter Ellouise, has joined forces with the Cruse Crew – a group set up to raise funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, to host a karaoke night with a 80s/90s disco at the Armstrong Hall in Stanhope Road, South Shields on May 2.
Chairman of the Kayaks, which supports children and young adults with special needs, Malcolm Osborne, said: “When Vince told us he had his mobility scooter being stolen we knew we had to help him in some way.
“The fact the Cruse Crew also came forward to offer their support by organising a joint fundraising event, is just marvellous.”
Cruse Crew member Jean Costello, said: “When the message went out about Vince asking if we as a group would be willing to help – our immediate response was yes. To lose his wife and then to be stripped of his independence by thieves, it was just heartbreaking, and by working with the Kayaks hopefully we can raise the money needed to have his mobility scooter fixed and get him back out there.”
The Cruse Crew is a community group which raises money for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, to enable the charity to bring its children and young people’s bereavement support service in South Tyneside.
The group is made up of parents who know first hand how a bereavement can affect a child.
Tickets for the event are priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and are available by contacting Kim on 07757 836330. Doors open at 7pm.