International organisation relaunched Whitley Bay branch
An international organisation supporting charities and communities has made a return to Whitley Bay thanks to a group of residents.
Round Table – featuring more than 30,000 individuals – meet regularly to hold business meetings and social evenings, arranging events to raise money to help local individuals and charities.
The Whitley Bay Round Table was first formed in 1988, disbanding just over ten years later. It has now been re-launched thanks to some residents and business owners.
And to mark the occasion they are holding a Food and Drink fundraiser at Evan's Bistro, Whitley Bay, on Monday from 4pm to late.
Stephen Frost, of the Whitley Bay Round Table, said: “We're now looking to raise awareness of our organisation within the local community in order not only to enable us to raise more money but also to make local individuals and charities aware of the support we may be able to offer them.
“In celebration of our becoming re-chartered we will be holding a fundraising event on August Bank Holiday Monday during which we will also be welcoming home some of our members who will have completed a sponsored 84-mile walk along Hadrian's Wall in just three days!
“Tickets for the event will include free access to a hog roast (vegan and vegetarian alternatives will be available), a free drink, live music, a prize raffle draw and we'll also be announcing the winner of a competition to design our logo.”
The group are also looking to raise awareness of mental health problems in men, and supporting those with any suicidal thoughts.
Stephen said: “Mental health, just like a broken leg, can affect anyone and as someone approaching middle age myself I am personally aware of at least three individuals whom I believe to be the epitome of above average who have struggled with mental health issues, one of whom recently took his own life.
“Round Table gives me the opportunity have a laugh, allows me to take down my guard and open up more such that if I did need to talk to someone about mental health there would be at least one person I would feel comfortable talking to.”
Anyone interested in joining or wants to find out more should visit www.whitleybayroundtable.org