Families remember their loved ones at memorial service

Peter and Moira Johnson hand a cheque for �750 to Royal British Legion vice treasurer Ken Jackson, right, with Rev Paul Kennedy at St Michaels and All Angels, Westoe Road.
Peter and Moira Johnson hand a cheque for �750 to Royal British Legion vice treasurer Ken Jackson, right, with Rev Paul Kennedy at St Michaels and All Angels, Westoe Road.

FAMILIES remembering loved ones at a memorial service have helped raise the funds of an armed forces charity.

Hundreds of people packed out St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Westoe Road, South Shields, to pay tribute to those no longer here.

The service, organised by Peter Johnson Funerals, was led by Rev Paul Kennedy and featured a range of performances from singers, including pupils from Harton Primary School.

A collection at the church following the event helped to raise £700 for the Royal British Legion. A further £350 was raised through donations made at the company’s funeral parlours in South Shields and Hebburn. The money gifted to the charity was put towards the cash raised at its annual poppy appeal collection.

Ray Scudder, business development manager at Peter Johnson’s, said: “Every year the company holds a memorial service for families, and every year we have a collection.

“The beneficiary is chosen by the staff and this year it was decided the money we raised would be donated to the Royal British Legion.”

The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 and offers financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families.

Club Secretary of the Royal British Legion in South Shields, Bob Wilson said: “The money was put towards our poppy appeal. We really appreciate the support from Peter Johnson Funerals and individual contributors. We are over the moon with the donation, it was an excellent effort.”