MORE than £2,000 is on its way to the Japanese aid effort after a fund-raising collection in Morpeth.
Residents and shoppers dug deep to provide £2,177.67 in a street collection.
And the total was boosted by a further £152.33 that was collected from the audience of the play Star Quality, which was staged at Morpeth Town Hall.
The grand total of £2,330 will be sent to the British Red Cross Japan Appeal to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
Morpeth collection organiser Simon Pringle said: “It was obvious from the donations collected that the earthquake and tsunami struck a chord and had greatly affected those of us seeing pictures of the devastation in Japan.
“Nevertheless, the generosity of everyone contributing in Morpeth astounded and humbled us.
“The fact that collectively we were able to produce so many collectors over the five hour period has certainly helped. At times such as this it is a credit to our community that we all come together.”
Volunteer collectors came from St Robert’s Church, Morpeth Methodist Church, Save The Children, SSAFA, Ashington Lioness Club and Morpeth’s Inner Wheel, Lions, Rotary and Soroptimist clubs.
Contact Morpeth Mental Health provided premises as the volunteers’ base.