Arcade reveals new charity for the year ahead

The Sanderson Arcade team with Lainya Shearer, patron of St Cuthberts Care. Picture by Trevor Walker
The Sanderson Arcade team with Lainya Shearer, patron of St Cuthberts Care. Picture by Trevor Walker

A centre for the disabled is in line for a big cash boost after being chosen as a Morpeth team’s charity of the year.

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre, a specialist recreational, sensory and social centre for disabled people of all ages, is Sanderson Arcade’s adopted charity for 2017.

The centre will become the focus of fund-raising at the centre with the team at the Arcade putting its efforts into raising as much money as possible for equipment over the next 12 months.

Owned and managed by North East charity St Cuthbert’s Care and supported through The Alan Shearer Foundation, the centre, on the outskirts of Newcastle, is free for disabled people, their families and carers.

It includes a hydrotherapy suite, sensory rooms, a giant ball pool, a creative sound and music room, a specially-adapted outside play park and more than an acre of accessible, landscaped grounds and gardens.

Sanderson Arcade manager Medi Parry said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Alan Shearer Activity Centre over the next 12 months and we have some great fund-raising activities already planned for next year.

“We are hoping to fund-raise as much as possible to purchase the equipment needed for the centre, which in turn will improve the facilities and make a real difference to people’s lives.”