Coffee morning raises cash for charity

A CHARITY coffee morning held by Whitley Bay’s Broadway Ladies’ Group proved to be its biggest moneyspinner yet, raising more than £1,400.

The cash has been given to Forest Hall’s Percy Hedley Foundation, and Harry Bucknall, a pupil at the charity’s school, helped out at the coffee morning and was a special guest at the cheque handover.

The 12-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer, of Whitley Bay, took the opportunity to thank his grandmother June Peterson and fellow group members for their efforts.

The ladies’ group was formed in January 2010 following the closure of Marden Women’s Institute, and it has kept up the tradition of holding annual charity coffee mornings started by its predecessor.

Its first one raised £1,100 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the next topped that total by generating proceeds of £1,200 to be split between the Bubble Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, and this year’s was the biggest yet, bringing in £1,415.

Julie Calvert, a spokesman for the Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “This type of donation is the lifeblood of a charity, and it was a pleasure to accept the cheque and say a heartfelt thank you to all the members of the Broadway Ladies’ Group for all the hard work that made the coffee morning such a resounding success.”

Hazel Skipsey, a committee member of the group, said: “In times of financial stress, it is good to see the community spirit alive and well in Cullercoats and Whitley Bay. Thank you to everyone who gave us their support.”