Group helps to raise thousands for charity

Members of the 'Floppsie Cullens' Facebook Group at the presentation evening at Tynemouth Surf Caf�. Picture by Gren Sowerby/YAPYAP Images.
Members of the 'Floppsie Cullens' Facebook Group at the presentation evening at Tynemouth Surf Caf�. Picture by Gren Sowerby/YAPYAP Images.
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Thousands of pounds has been raised by residents who tried to help reunite a toy rabbit with its owner.

Jimmy Cullen, of Master Mariners Homes in Tynemouth, used Facebook to track down the owner of the toy – he named Floppsie – after he found it by the side of the road.

Although the search last March proved fruitless, he set up a Facebook group called ‘Floppsie Cullens Tynemouth’.

More than 1,000 people have since joined the group, and they have helped raise £5,040 for local good causes.

A ‘Floppsie’ calendar featuring local images posted on the group’s page was produced, with 400 being sold at a social evening in December.

The money was split between Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, Cullercoats Watch House, The Good Will Cause and Jason Roberts’ ‘7 Days 7 Irons’ challenge.

John Spoors, who helps maintain the site, said: “This is amazing and very humbling.”

“I have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of friends of this group.

“We’ve had donations from all over the UK and also from several states in the USA, Canada, Norway, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and South Africa.”

He added: “We wanted this group to be more than just another Facebook Group.

“What we have here is unique; a group of lovely people all with a common interest of sharing good craic and friendly banter.

“The group have also stepped beyond the boundaries with regular meet-ups and coffee mornings in Tynemouth where many new friendships have been made.”