Fundraising fun day proves a big hit

Friends Ellie Johnson, Mahnisha Ali and Vanessa Ezeh enjoying the Cruse Crew fun day at Harton and Westoe Miners' Welfare.
Friends Ellie Johnson, Mahnisha Ali and Vanessa Ezeh enjoying the Cruse Crew fun day at Harton and Westoe Miners' Welfare.

A day of fun and music entertained visitors to a South Tyneside sports venue.

Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare opened its gates to people of all ages to host a fundraiser in aid of The Cruse Crew.

The group - made up of bereaved families and their friends - was formed, last year, to help fund support for children and young people struggling to cope with the death of a loved on.

Already the group of volunteers have raised £30,000 to bring Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside’s children and young people’s bereavement support service to the borough.

The service is now up and running at Cleadon Park PCT in South Shields after the target was reached.

The day saw around 250 people visit the venue throughout the day taking part in a range of activities including football by CE Sports, 
cricket by Whiteleas and Harton Juniors and rugby by Westoe Rugby Club.

A dance demonstration was also given by Melanie Moore Dance Academy while visitors were also able to get their grove on by taking part in a dance workshop run by Creative Seed’s Garner Harris.

While on the night music was provided by a range of singers and bands.

It is the first time an event of this kind has been held at the welfare in Low Lane, South Shields.

Cruse Crew member Jean Costello said: “We had quite a few people through the gates and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves despite the weather - which is what it was all about.

“On behalf of the Cruse Crew I’d like to thank everyone who supported the event either through providing an activity, performing or coming to the event.”

The event was 
supported by Dynamic Music 
Management.