Surprise party marks South Shields fundraisers’ first year

Cruse Crew members celebrate its first birthday.
Cruse Crew members celebrate its first birthday.
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A group which was set up to bring a children and young people’s bereavement service to South Tyneside has celebrated its first birthday with a surprise party for its members.

The Cruse Crew was launched last year to raise £30,000 for Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside.

I am humbled how the people of South Tyneside have embraced this cause.

Coun Richard Porthouse

The cash has enabled the charity to bring its children and young people’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside, of which there was none.

That goal has been achieved and the service is up and running at Cleadon Park PCT in South Shields.

The surprise party was organised by the families of Cruse Crew members.

The event, held at Harton Miners’ Welfare in South Shields, was an emotional affair as those who had lost loved ones were recognised for their achievement.

The party was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, who presented youngsters with certificates in recognition of helping to raise the £30,000.

Families were invited to release a dove in memory of their loved one, courtesy of Angel White Dove Release.

A performance was given by Westoe Brass Band and a birthday cake was donated by Sara Fada.

Coun Porthouse said: “Well done to all of those involved on a fantastic first year.

“A special mention should go to Lisa Nightingale, from Cruse Crew, for her fantastic work helping the organisation get off the ground.

“I am humbled how the people of South Tyneside have embraced this cause in their hearts.”

For Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside, call 276 5533.