Ferry firm push boat out for charity

Children from the charity Children North East visiting the DFDS ship King Seaways as the company launches it's 7 charity cruises.  They are pictured with the captain, Karsten Sittrup Jeppesen.

Children from the charity Children North East visiting the DFDS ship King Seaways as the company launches it's 7 charity cruises. They are pictured with the captain, Karsten Sittrup Jeppesen.

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A NORTH Shields ferry company is pushing the boat out to raise money for one of the region’s oldest children’s charities.

DFDS Seaways has launched seven mini cruises to Amsterdam to raise funds for Children North East, a charity set up in 1891 to provide help and support to disadvantaged children across the region.

Youngsters who have been helped by the charity enjoyed a tour of the King Seaways ship and helped launch the charity cruise dates, which run every day from Saturday, November 19 until Saturday, November 26.

Customers wishing to travel on a mini cruise can choose to pay £35 or £50 per person for a two night break.

DFDS Seaways will donate all of the proceeds to the charity, which it has been supporting for five years.

Passenger director John Crummie said: “We are proud to support such a worthwhile charity and it continues to be a privilege to witness the good work which is achieved in our local area through the money that we raise with our customers.”

Carol Taylor, senior fundraiser for Children North East said: “We are very grateful to DFDS Seaways for their phenomenal support over the past five years and for increasing their commitment to charity when so many businesses are cutting back.”

For more information call 0871 882 0885 or www.dfds.co.uk/charity