Year of events reaps rewards for charity

Alma Caldwell, of Age UK North Tyneside, receives the cheque from Lee Dawson, of the DWP.

Alma Caldwell, of Age UK North Tyneside, receives the cheque from Lee Dawson, of the DWP.

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Staff at a government department have presented a cheque for more than £13,500 to charity.

Employees at the Department for Work and Pensions, at the Tyneview Park offices in Benton, presented the sum to Age UK North Tyneside – their nominated ‘charity of the year’.

The charity committee organised events throughout the year to raise money, including high teas, bake sales, dress down days, and a Peter Beardsley fundraiser evening.

Members also took part in an Edinburgh to Newcastle bike ride, Sunderland 10k run, The Great North Run and a sky dive.

One organiser Lee Dawson said: “Staff have been so supportive in all the fundraising events, but we really wanted to promote awareness of dementia.

“Holding a discover volunteering and Dementia Awareness day helped us highlight volunteering opportunities and allowed Age UK to showcase its work.”

He added: “One of my own personal highlights was to volunteer a team to kick-start the Age UK Community Garden that will support people living with Dementia.

“It was a hard day’s graft tackling a derelict garden, but we had such a sense of achievement at the end, seeing what a difference we had made.

“I can’t wait to hear about future progress and see the garden in action.”

Isabel Owens, head of integrated care at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “Being chosen by the DWP as its charity of the year has been an honour.

“The donations towards Dementia Care Services has meant we have been able to move forward with developments to provide dedicated support to those living with dementia and their carers.”