Nearly £6,000 raised for RNLI

Cullercoats Lifeboat's crew taking part in the tug of war.
Cullercoats Lifeboat's crew taking part in the tug of war.

Thousands of pounds has been raised to help a lifesaving organisation.

Volunteers helped raise £5,911 for RNLI Cullercoats following a successful New Year’s Day event.

A total of £1,200 was raised at the annual tug of war contest at the Quarry pub, which took place after the traditional volunteer lifeboat crew dip in the North Sea.

A sing-song with customers and lifeboat crew later that day saw £1,100 through more raffles and collections at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

And locally produced Christmas cards and calendars helped raise £3,600.

The funds raised will be used to help with volunteer crew equipment, training and lifeboat upkeep and maintenance which will help save lives at sea.

Operations manager Frank Taylor said: “I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who organised and worked to make these events a great success.”

“Particular thanks must go to Doug and Trish McGlasson who planned the fundraising at The Quarry and have done so for many years.”

“Also big thanks to Jen Taylor and Kathy Blackman who, for over 20 years, have helped raise funds at Cullercoats Club on New Years Day.

“The hard work and commitment by all of them is greatly appreciated.”