Fundraiser gets royal approval for efforts

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A fundraiser from North Shields received a royal thank you when he was invited to attend the Queen’s Garden Party recently.

Paul Harris is a fundraising for children’s charity NSPCC and was recognised for his commitment and dedication.

Paul has supported the organisation since 2011 to fundraise in memory of his daughter Caoimhe, who died suddenly aged just two.

The Caoimhe Harris Tribute Fund was set up by Paul and his wife Catherine with the aim of raising £5,000 for the NSPCC, but the appeal has so raised more than £45,000.

Paul has run the London Marathon and the Great North Run, and took part in a 69-mile ultra marathon between Carlisle and Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall in support of the fund.

He also organises various fundraising events across the region.

Paul said: “It was a big surprise to be nominated – I had no idea so it was quite a shock.

“My Mum has just turned 70 and I took her along as my guest in recognition of the support she’s given us over the years.

“It was a really enjoyable day – we had perfect garden party weather with cucumber sandwiches and tea.”