A MORPETH charity champion has been honoured after pedal power paid off.
Dransfield Properties, which built and runs Sanderson Arcade, raised £15,484 last year for children’s charity the NSPCC.
The company fielded a team to take part in a sponsored cycle from Portofino to Rome, covering 360 miles.
And funds raised have gone towards buying toys and equipment for children at the NSPCC’s Newcastle centre, which helps vulnerable families, including young people whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse, children looked after by local authorities and youngsters from minority ethnic groups.
Now a plaque has been unveiled at the Morpeth shopping centre in recognition of its support for the charity.
NSPCC Head of CommunityFund-raising Wendy Bates said: “We were delighted when Dransfield Properties decided to support us with its cycling challenge. The money it raised will make a real difference for younger children who access our services locally and it’s great that its support has now been officially recognised.”
Dransfield Managing Director Mark Dransfield said: “When we were first approached by the Morpeth branch of the NSPCC to help with its fund-raising we decided to visit the centre in Newcastle to find out more about the work the charity supports.
“We were all struck by the dedication of the staff and the importance of their role in the region in supporting children and their families.
“We were very proud to support the charity in the bike ride last year and extremely touched that our bike riders’ efforts have been recognised with a plaque at the arcade.”
Volunteers from the NSPCC’s Morpeth Committee attended the unveiling of the plaque.
Joint Secretary Gillian Irvine said: “When the new arcade opened in Morpeth I heard that Mark and the Dransfield team did a charity bike ride every year. I’m a firm believer in the saying ‘shy bairns get nowt’ so I put the NSPCC forward as a charity they could support.
“We took them to Newcastle to show them the NSPCC service centre and I was really pleased when they chose to fund-raise for the centre last year. They raised an amazing amount through the bike ride, which was a real boost for local fund-raising.”
For information about the NSPCC visit www.nspcc.org.uk/northeastandcumbria