South Shields cafe to raise cash for cancer charity on last day

Karen Kane is inviting customers to help raise funds for St Clare's Hospice ahead of the cafe's relocation.
Karen Kane is inviting customers to help raise funds for St Clare's Hospice ahead of the cafe's relocation.

A cafe owner is dedicating her last day’s takings to a charity in memory of her father.

Karen Kane will close the doors of Frankies Diner in King Street, tomorrow, for the final time.

It is like we are one big family, everyone knows everyone.

Karen Kane

The business is being re-located to the former Kylin Buffet in Ocean Road – only a few yards away.

The traditional cafe has been a firm favourite with its customers over the years.

To mark the end of an era, Karen will be hosting a special fundraising day in aid of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, tomorrow.

Unable to serve hot food, she will instead be serving up a range of sandwiches and scones, which will be sold to raise money for the hospice in memory of her dad Ralf Waggott, who died of cancer aged 84.

Mrs Kane, who has run the cafe for the past 12 years, said: “Thursday will be our last day trading in our current premises and because we are unable to serve hot food, I thought I would put on sandwiches, with proceeds raised on the day to go to St Clare’s in memory of my dad.

“It’s also a chance for customers to come in for one last time before we move into our new building.”

The move has been prompted by her customers, who are now struggling with the stairs to access the cafe. The new building will have the cafe on one floor with 30 extra seats.

Karen named Frankies Diner after her uncle, Frankie Speeding, who helped her to finance the business.

The venue had been a cafe for more than 40 years.

“Our customers have been coming here for years, some of their children are now coming with their children.

“It is like we are one big family, everyone seems to know everyone.

“I’m really looking forward to the future.”

The cafe will be open between 9am and 3pm tomorrow.

St Clare’s Hospice based at Primrose Terrace, Jarrow, provides specialist palliative care for adults, including in-patient and out-patient care.