A DAY care centre in South Tyneside has helped a fundraising group almost reach its goal.
Staff and service-users at Father James Walsh Centre, in Hebburn, raised £600 for the Cruse Crew.
In the weeks running up to Christmas they held a number of raffles, domino cards, cake bakes and also donned their winter woolies on Christmas jumper day, on December 6, in exchange for a donation to the cause.
The Cruse Crew – made up of families from South Tyneside who have suffered a bereavement in recent times – are trying to raise £30,000 to enable Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to bring its children’s and young people’s service to South Tyneside.
Currently, families need to travel to Newcastle to access the service.
The cash has helped the group to raise £27,000 to date for the charity.
The group was chosen to benefit from the fundraising activities by support worker Kayleigh Lackland who has seen first-hand how the death of a parent can affect children.
The father of her best friend’s children, Karl Carson, died earlier this year in a cliff-top tragedy.
Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside has been supporting his children as they struggle to come to terms with losing their father.
Miss Lackland said: “I’d just like to thank everyone who has donated. The support from the service-users and staff has been overwhelming.
“I’d also like to thank the manager, Ann McColl, for letting me hold the fundraising day for the charity, as I know how much it will mean to the families.”
Cruse Crew member, Laura Nisbet, said: “The support we have had so far really is overwhelming. We can’t thank Kayleigh enough for nominating us, and to everyone who helped to raise such a fantastic amount of money for Cruse.”