Shoppers out in force for campaign

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Shoppers turned out in force to help support a campaign

Local people showed their support for the Paint the Town Pink initiative to help the North Tyneside Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

A charity shopping evening was held at Homemade at Jane’s cafe, in Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre.

Highlights included craft stalls and a picture gallery by photographer Tina Stobbs.

Around £200 was donated and Jane Young, who runs Homemade at Jane’s, said: “I would like to thank all our customers, residents and Whitley Lodge businesses for their wonderful support.’’

This is the fifth year that Soroptimist International of Tynemouth, Whitley Bay and District, supported by North Tyneside Council, has organised the Paint the Town Pink campaign, raising £22,000.

Campaign ambassador Shirley Hallam, of Soroptimist International, thanked everyone for their support and said they hope to raise £1,200.

So far £16,000 has gone directly to Prof David Elliott’s team at Newcastle University to help fund lifesaving research into metastasis, the spread of the disease to other parts of the body.

Shirley said: “This is vitally important research and the findings by the team could increase the survival rates for women and girls suffering from this killer disease.’’