Charity cuppas all round

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Help in your home - sheltered accommodation, News, On your estate, On your estate - Sustainable Communities Fund.

Residents at sheltered schemes across the borough raised a cuppa and chomped on a cake (or two) to support Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

The events at several schemes, including one at Mulgrave Villas in Gateshead town centre, are likely to raise well over £2,000 for the national charity.

The annual event encourages groups to come together and raise money by making donations in exchange for a cup of coffee, tea, cakes and snacks.

This year’s events look likely to double the amount raised last year for the charity, which provides practical, medical and financial assistance to people facing cancer and their friends and family.

Mulgrave Villas - Sustainable Communities planters

As well as the event at Mulgrave, which raised over £325.50, others were also held at Pleasant Place, Birtley; South Lea, Blaydon; Lansbury Close, Birtley; and Birtley Villas, Birtley.

Mulgrave Villas was one of the first schemes in the borough to benefit from support from the newly launched Sustainable Communities Fund.

The fund, supported by the housing company and Gateshead Council, has revamped planters (see photo right) and seating areas at the scheme, which is home to over 30 residents.

For more information visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website or call 0808 808 00 00.