South Shields shoppers generous support for charities

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Charitable shoppers at a South Shields supermarket dug deep to help raise money for worthy causes.

The Mayor and the Mayoress, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, joined pupils from St Wilfrid’s RC College at the Asda store in South Shields to help pack shoppers’ bags, and raise a staggering £951.56.

The proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Charity, which this year is supporting Cancer Connections, Great North Air Ambulance and the South Tyneside Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Some of the money will be donated back to St Wilfrid’s World Challenge Team Fund, to allow pupils to carry out a challenging and educational expedition to Northern India.

The Mayor said: “We are extremely grateful to all the Asda shoppers who gave so generously. I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the pupils from St Wilfrid’s for dedicating their time to raising money for good causes in the borough.

“A big thank you must also go to Asda’s local management team, who allowed us to do this bag pack and helped to make it a success.

“Thanks to the generosity of South Tyneside’s residents, these very worthy causes are able to continue the important work they do to support people across the borough.”

St Wilfrid’s World Challenge Team fund will allow a team of five pupils in July 2016 to travel to Northern India to work on a water project, in a village in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Lynn Watson, St Wilfrid’s RC Challenge Team leader, said: “We are very grateful to the Mayor’s Charity for allowing us to share in this fundraiser and are proud to help such worthy causes.

Many people in our community benefit from the charities supported by the Mayor’s Charity, and some are very close to our hearts.”