South Tyneside charity backs legacy campaign

Sarah French, director of business at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.
Sarah French, director of business at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

A charity operating in South Tyneside is backing a national campaign to encourage people to give to a good cause in their will.

Communities’ charity Groundwork, which includes Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, is supporting the annual fundraising initiative.

Groundwork, which works to build sustainable communities, transform underused spaces into community-enhancing ‘green’ areas, and help people into work through training and skills, is supporting Remember a Charity Week 2015.

Bosses hope people will recognise the good work it does in their neighbourhood and help it continue its ground-breaking projects into the future.

Remember a Charity Week, which runs this week until Sunday, September 13, aims to highlight the importance of writing a will and how a gift to charity can have a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Sarah French, director of Business for Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, one of the Groundwork trusts operating in the North East, said: “We understand that when writing a will, family and friends are likely to be at the forefront of your mind, but we would like to encourage everybody to consider leaving a gift to charity once they’ve looked after those closest to them.

“Many people believe that it’s only the very wealthy who leave a charitable legacy, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Charities such as Groundwork, through the generosity of people who leave donations in their wills, can make a remarkable difference to local communities through local projects.”

In 2014-15, projects and activities in the North East resulted in more than 15,000 trees being planted, over 1,900 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill and more than 1,500 people either gained new qualifications or found a new job.

Each year Groundwork runs hundreds of family events, educational programmes and training workshops, including many at its purpose-built West Boldon Lodge education centre, which sits in 13 hectares woodland, wetland, ponds, meadows and hedgerows in South Tyneside.

In the last year, the centre has welcomed over 3,400 visitors taking part in learn and explore activities such as mini-beast hunts, pond-dipping, gardening, photography and a Forest School for those with Special Educational Needs.

For more information on how to leave a gift and the type of projects it could fund, contact Groundwork North East and Cumbria on 01388 662 666 or email