A local building society has launched a community initiative to support local organisations and individuals.
Newcastle Building Society’s Bedford Street branch in North Shields has this week introduced its new Cornerstone in the Community programme.
The society also announced the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade as its charity of the year.
Branch manager Laura Hopkins said: “We’re really proud of our initiative and hope to make a genuine difference to the communities in which we operate.
“Through educating youngsters, fundraising for charities, branch community events and volunteering for organisations that need extra pairs of hands, we aim to add value to our local community and really make a difference.
“We really believe in our charity – The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade – and know how much it needs every penny donated to them so we’re encouraging locals to visit us and find out more about how they can help.”