Surfing Santas enjoy festive fair

CHARITY EVENT ... Ocean Beach Pleasure Park hosted a Text Santa surf fundraising night. Mayor Fay Cunningham and staff member Emma Choudhury with children, from left, Aiden Cowie and Jack Welsh.
CHARITY EVENT ... Ocean Beach Pleasure Park hosted a Text Santa surf fundraising night. Mayor Fay Cunningham and staff member Emma Choudhury with children, from left, Aiden Cowie and Jack Welsh.

SURFING Santas hit the mechanical waves to help raise cash for charity.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park opened up its Urban Wave funfair ride for the festive-themed fundraiser.

People were invited to come down to South Shields seafront in Santa suits and try out their surfing skills in exchange for making a donation to the Text Santa appeal.

The annual national fundraiser raises cash for various charities.

This year beneficiaries are the Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society and Together for Short Lives.

The event was kicked off by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, who visited the pleasure park in a show of support to the fundraisers.

Coun Cunningham said: “Once again, the people of South Tyneside have shown themselves to be up for a fun challenge to help boost the coffers of deserving charities.

“Well done to Ocean Beach for coming up with such a unique and amusing challenge which raised a lot of laughs as well as valuable funds.”

The Text Santa appeal was launched in 2011 and has raised £15m for charities.

For more information on the Urban Wave and what the pleasure beach has to offer, visit www.oceanbeach.co.uk