Sponsors sought for charity event in aid of Syrian families

Hundreds of people flocked to the Saturday For Syria event held in 2017.
Hundreds of people flocked to the Saturday For Syria event held in 2017.

Organisers of a charity event to help families caught up in the conflict in Syria are looking for sponsors.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Exchange, in Howard Street, North Shields, last January for the Saturday For Syria music and family entertainment extravaganza.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Saturday For Syria event held in 2017.

Hundreds of people flocked to the Saturday For Syria event held in 2017.

More than £5,000 was raised at the event, which was headlined by Newcastle-based band Seeing Hands and hosted by comedian Fin Healy.

The 12-hour event also saw SoShe, Aaron Duff, Connor Thomas and Sam Healy take to the stage, with a host of other musicians performing throughout the day.

Now the team of organisers has come together to stage Saturday for Syria 2, at the Exchange, on Saturday, June 9.

Though still in the planning stages, musicians from across the North East have already pledged their time.

Organisers are hoping local businesses will come forward to sponsor the event to help make it an even bigger success than last year.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should email saturdayforsyria@hotmail.com

Nigel Devine, who first had the idea for the event, said: “Support for the first Saturday for Syria exceeded our expectations, particularly as it was all pulled together in two weeks over Christmas.

“Unfortunately, the situation in Syria hasn’t got any better. If anything, it’s got worse. We’re hoping to put on an even bigger event and raise even more money so it can go exactly where it’s needed – and show the people of Syria that the North East cares.”

He added: “Most people who have pledged to be involved on the day have given their services for free, but it still costs money to stage something like this.

“We want as much as possible raised on the day to go straight to the cause, so we’re looking to those businesses with big hearts to help us out.”