Domestic abuse charity to benefit from event in memory of detective

A night of music and fun in memory of a South Tyneside detective is being held to boost the funds of a domestic abuse charity.

Irene Tait, front, is raising funds for Impact Family Services in memory of her partner Chris Dew. With her are, back, from left, Impacts Sarah Collins, Paul Hedley, Chris Valente and Adele Hall.
Irene Tait, front, is raising funds for Impact Family Services in memory of her partner Chris Dew. With her are, back, from left, Impacts Sarah Collins, Paul Hedley, Chris Valente and Adele Hall.

Impact Family Services will this year benefit from cash raised from the Chris Dew Memorial Fundraiser.

The event - now in its fifth year - is organised by Chris’ partner Irene Tait and has raised around £10,000 for a range of charities over the years.

The late Chris Dew, who was a detective in South Tyneside CID.

Mr Dew, a detective with South Tyneside CID, died suddenly of heart failure in 2011 aged 58.

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Ms Tait said: “The events have always proved to be really popular with lots of Chris’ old friends coming together in his memory and helping to raise funds for charities.

“We choose a different charity each year which I either have links with in some way or have been nominated.

“Last year, we raised just over £1,700 for the Cruse Crew towards their £30,000 target in aid of Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, hopefully, this year will be just as successful.”

The late Chris Dew, who was a detective in South Tyneside CID.

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She added: “The charity was nominated last year but the decision to support Cruse had already been made.”

Charities which have benefitted in the past from the memorial nights include St Clare’s Hospice, McMillan, the children’s unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and Parkinson’s UK.

The event will take place at The Mile in South Shields on Saturday February 13 and will feature a number of singers including Amy Saxon.

Impact Family Services is a domestic abuse charity based at 17 Beach Road, South Shields.

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Tickets for the night are priced £10 and include a curry.

For tickets contact the Mile on 4567577.

Tickets are also available from Impact Family Services in Beach Road.