Arcade team gives £10,000 boost in charity support after 18 months of fund-raising

Left to right are Medi Parry, Caroline O'Doherty from The Sick Children's Trust, Paul and Julie Carss with their daughter Summer. Picutre by Paul Stephenson.
Left to right are Medi Parry, Caroline O'Doherty from The Sick Children's Trust, Paul and Julie Carss with their daughter Summer. Picutre by Paul Stephenson.
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A £10,000 charity target has been smashed by Morpeth’s shopping centre after 18 months of fund-raising.

Sanderson Arcade collected the cash for The Sick Children’s Trust, which provides home-from-home accommodation for families of children being treated in specialist hospital units.

Staff and shoppers have taken part in the fund-raising drive, with activities including marathon runs, skydives, busking, pancake flipping and shoe shining. Cash was also collected at events, such as the Christmas lights switch-on and Hallowe’en festivities.

The money was handed over to charity representatives Julie and Paul Carss and their three-year-old daughter Summer, who has had two heart transplants at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The charity already has accommodation at Crawford House in the city and a second home is nearing completion, with the arcade funds providing a playroom.

Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “This really has been a huge team effort. We set ourselves a tough challenge, but everyone has worked really hard to achieve this fantastic amount for the new home-from-home.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped us raise this amazing amount of money.”