Loved ones raised £2,000 in memory of a popular South Tyneside father.
Ted White, from Simonside in South Shields, died suddenly on April 13 after suffering a heart attack.
I know Ted would have been thrilled by the amounts raised.Anne White, Ted’s wife of 51 years
However, at his funeral, which was held at South Shields Crematorium, Anne, his wife of 51 years, asked for donations to be made in lieu of flowers.
In total £1,600 was raised by mourners, and Mr White’s family added a further £400 to the pot.
The cash was then split between the Carers Association South Tyneside (Cast) – where Ted was a trustee – and the British Heart Foundation.
Mrs White, 70, said: “We thought we’d ask for donations instead of flowers because they tend to last only for a few days.
“Ted had a quadruple heart bypass 12 years ago and sadly died unexpectedly from a heart attack, so that’s why half of the money went to the British Heart Foundation.
“We’ve also been involved with Cast for many years, and know how beneficial they are to families so we wanted to give the other half of the cash.
“I know Ted would have been thrilled to bits by how much money was raised and by how many people came to his funeral, it was packed.”
Mr White, who was father to Helen and Martin, spent most of his life as a caulker burner in the shipyards before working for Maxwells in Jarrow.
Then for many years he drove a minibus which used to take disabled children horse riding.
Gill Smith, chief officer for Cast which is based in Beach Road, South Shields, said: “Ted was a much-loved and respected trustee and his sudden death in April was a shock to us all.
“His family took donations for us and the British Heart Foundation at his funeral, which was amazing and a testament to the generosity of Ted and his family – always giving to the community.
“ We are delighted to accept this cheque for £1,000, which will go to paying for valuable respite activities for the unpaid family carers of South Tyneside.”