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.”