DO the warmth and the generosity of the people of Whitley Bay know no bounds?
I ask because of the fantastic response of those going about their business in the Park View shopping centre a couple of Saturdays ago to a fundraising effort for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Thanks to the generosity of the shoppers, a group of friends who got together to run a cake stall for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust managed to raise a staggering £259.50, and that was in the space of just two hours.
That really is a great effort because no one needs reminding just how tough things are for most people at the moment.
The current climate means that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has been feeling the pinch as scientists seek a cure to a disease that affect the lungs and digestive, so every single penny really counts.
I would also like to place on record my gratitude to the Park View shopping centre management team who allowed the group of mums to set up their money-spinning enterprise.
It was hard to resist the charms of the home-made cakes on offer, but those people who dug deep to boost the Cystic Fibrosis Trust still deserve my thanks for boosting a pioneering charity whose good work is being hampered by the on-going recession.