A building society is holding a celebration party after smashing a fundraising target.
Yorkshire Building Society set out to raise £500,000 by December 2016 for Marie Curie as part of their national Hour of Need campaign.
And thanks to support for the initiative, the society has raised more than £700,000 – with the North Shields branch contributing £659.
Now the branch, in Bedford Way, is hosting a Christmas themed thank you event on Thursday, December 17, where people can enjoy some festive treats.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Hour of Need campaign.
Nick Turnbull, manager of the North Shields branch of Yorkshire Building Society, said: “We’re so proud that customers in North Shields have helped us to make this the Society’s most successful ever national fundraising campaign.
“We hope our customers will call in so we can give them some Christmas treats to say thank you.”
Lola Rowe, a Marie Curie Hospice Nurse, said: “Thank you to everybody who has contributed to the Hour of Need fundraising campaign for Marie Curie.
“It is an amazing amount of money that has been donated to date and is allowing myself and my colleagues to provide even more support to people in their hour of need.”
Dr Jane Collins, chief executive of Marie Curie, said: “We’d like to say a huge congratulations and thank you to all the Yorkshire Building Society staff and customers who have supported the Hour of Need campaign so far and made it such an overwhelming success.
“Raising more than £500,000 with more than a year left of the campaign is truly amazing and will make a real difference to people with a terminal illness and their loved ones across the UK.”
If you would like to make a donation in support of the Hour of Need campaign, then visit www.justgiving.com/hourofneed