Housing tenants raise charity cash

Win Clayton, from St Oswalds Hospice, receives a cheque for �1,060 at a ceremony in Wansbeck Court, Bedlington. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Win Clayton, from St Oswalds Hospice, receives a cheque for �1,060 at a ceremony in Wansbeck Court, Bedlington. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Young and old came together at sheltered housing schemes in Bedlington to interact and raise funds for a good cause.

Susan Wearmouth, manager at Woolsington Court, heard how a woman who had lived at the facility received great support at St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth after she was diagnosed with a serious illness – the woman has since died.

Together with Margaret Carr, who manages Wansbeck Court, which is also run by the Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust charitable housing association, they organised some events and activities to bring in money for the charity.

They included inter-generational coffee mornings after contacting Bedlington-based organisation Leading Link, an Easter Extravaganza and a Christmas party.

Residents also visited the Eden Camp Second World War-related museum in North Yorkshire.

Susan said: “We thought the coffee mornings would be a great opportunity to show that young and old can come together and enjoy each other’s company.

“They talked about childhoods past and present, noting how things had changed, and there were sing-songs too.

“It was nice to meet Win Clayton from St Oswald’s Hospice recently at Wansbeck Court when she came to collect the cheque for £1,060 and a tombola on the day raised a further £60.

“We’re selling some of the hospice’s Christmas-related items to support it further and our tenants are also donating food for the Salvation Army, which will then give it to those in need.”