Charities benefit from mayor's help
Local charities have benefited to the tune of more than Â£7,000, the proceeds from fund-raising for the mayor's charity during Councillor Isabel Hunter's two years in office in 2013/14 and 2014.15..
The sum of £3,475 was presented to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, now renamed Bloodwise.
The money will go to the North East Institute for Cancer Research in Newcastle where it will be used to try tofind cures for all types of blood cancer.
“I chose this charity in memory of my late husband Douglas who unfortunately lost his battle at the age of 46 who himself in the past had undertaken fund-raising for cancer charities,” said Isabel.
A further £2,725 was presented to Alzheimer’s Society North East , which is leading the fight against dementia.
“I chose this charity as I lost my mother in 2012 with dementia,” she explained.
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“We all need to learn how people with the early stages of dementia can live a normal life in the community with a little bit of support and understanding by everybody as the person may be a little bit slower and slightly confused but they are still a living person.”
Another £750 was presented to Alz’s café, a local dementia group which meets weekly.
This group is open to both people with dementia and carers, where they get involved in a variety of activities together, carers can share experiences with each other and they fund-raise to go on outings.
“This is a valuable group in our community which should be supported,” said Isabel.
Finally, a cheque for £100 was given to Berwick Army Cadets run by Debra Jerdan as a thank-you for their support at some of the fund-raising events.