Nothing daft about this fund-raising

Staff at Leeds Building Society in Blyth, Morpeth and six other branches in the North East raised £7,000 for Daft as a Brush cancer patient care during 2016.

Monday, 16th January 2017, 2:17 pm
Updated Monday, 16th January 2017, 2:21 pm
Leeds Building Society staff celebrate the £7,000 fund-raising total with two volunteers from Daft as a Brush.

The activities included 10 colleagues taking part in a cycle ride between the branches during the summer – the others are in Whitley Bay, North Shields, South Shields, Wallsend, Durham and Newcastle.

Coffee mornings, sponsored slims, raffles, cake sales and tombolas were among the others bringing in cash to add to the total.

Diane Newall, who co-ordinated the efforts, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by colleagues and customers at our North East branches.

“Thank you to everyone who donated and took part in fund-raising activities throughout the year.”

The specific activities involving staff at the Morpeth branch included a prize bingo at St Christophers House in Kirkhill.

Peter Stoten, co-ordinator at Daft as a Brush, said: “It costs us almost £25,000 to offer staffed custom-made vehicles to transport hospital outpatients, free of charge, for chemotherapy and radiotherapy cancer treatment.

“This year we have some 300 volunteer staff and with 22 ambulances, the charity will be involved in over 20,000 cancer patient journeys.

“The service was launched six years ago and we’re totally reliant on donations so without the generosity of Leeds Building Society, the local public and business community we wouldn’t be able to provide our vital service.