Former Mayor and Mayoress are charity champions after raising over £30,000

The former Mayor and Mayoress with the beneficiaries of the Mayor's Charity Fund
The former Mayor and Mayoress with the beneficiaries of the Mayor's Charity Fund

A former Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside have established themselves as charity champions after raising over £30,000 for good causes in their year in office.

Coun Fay Cunningham, the former Mayor, and ex-Mayoress Stella Matthewson presented a cheque for £31,140 to borough charities at a ceremony at Jarrow Town Hall. The main beneficiaries were St Clare’s Hospice, Cancer Connections and the Mission to Seafarers.

It was a privilege to meet hundreds of wonderful, inspirational people and to have the opportunity to raise so much money for many worthy causes across the borough

Coun Fay Cunningham

Coun Cunningham also supported groups for young people, including the KAYAKS Club and South Tyneside’s three Sea Cadet Units, as well as Arts4Wellbeing.

She said: “The Mayoress and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in office and, in truth, the year went by too quickly – but time always flies when you’re having fun. It was a privilege to meet hundreds of wonderful, inspirational people and to have the opportunity to raise so much money for many worthy causes across the borough. We can’t thank local people, and local businesses, enough for their generosity. It is the people of the borough that makes South Tyneside the special place it is and having the honour of serving as Mayor really brought that home. Thanks must also go to the council leadership for giving us this unique opportunity, as well as my fellow councillors and local authority staff for all their hard work and support.

“These charities are very close to my heart and I know the money will be put to good use and help make a real difference to people living here.”

The current Mayor, Coun Richard Porthouse, and Mayoress Patricia Porthouse, are raising funds for Cancer Connections, Great North Air Ambulance and Alzheimer’s Society South Tyneside Branch.