“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”.
Across the best part of four decades our work in supporting good causes has been many and varied. Sometimes involving high profile campaigns that attracted media coverage, sometimes challenging the record books and sometimes quite modest and intimate; however always with a passion and desire to give back to the community in which we operate.
The more high profile efforts undertaken have included holding what was billed as The World’s World’s Biggest Children’s Party (1989) which was attended by 120,000 people and raised £260,000 for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund. In 2003 we stepped in to sponsor the Morpeth to Newcastle Road Race when the incumbent sponsor withdrew, continuing a tradition that dated back to 1904 and which was generally considered to be the oldest road race in the world. And in 2005 we again looked to the record books when organising the world’s largest fish and chip supper on the 60th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in the Second World War; 2,500 ex-servicemen were treated to a garden party and fish and chips were flown in by helicopter thanks to RAF Boulmer.
Other years our efforts have been more modest, perhaps mundane by comparison, but all reflect our charitable nature and long term commitment to give back to the wider community. Through many and varied efforts, which have included casino nights, fun competitions, wig and Christmas jumper wearing (on different occasions!), and a wide range of baking, knitting, craftwork, bag packing, car washing, raffle organising, cycle riding and various sponsored activities, causes benefiting have included RNLI, Save the Children, Help for Heroes, CLIC Sargent, MacMillan Nurses, Guide Dogs for the Blind, plus a host of smaller local organisations. We also supported three teenagers over three years to complete life affirming experiences in such contrasting environments as Svalbard, Honduras and Swaziland. Currently we are raising funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped us raise money for these worthy causes and recognise the vision and foresight of Brian Burnie, Harry Chalmers and Liz Mitchell who established these important values during our early years and which remain an important part of who we are today.