Charity to help the ‘poor and afflicted’

A TRIO of Ponteland men have come together to support beneficiaries they describe as ‘the poor and the afflicted’.

Events have been organised by Chairman Andy Anderson, Secretary Bruce Grant and Treasurer Jim Robertson to collect money for local and regional charities after they set up the Pont Charity Group. There are currently 15 members.

Over the past few years, Mr Grant – with a good deal of help from church members – has arranged concerts in Ponteland URC to support the following in turn: Blind Children, Water Aid and Help for Heroes.

This year, ignoring the recession, he has decided to test the waters in a wider field.

He knows his fellow trustees very well and asked for their support with the initiative because they have been involved in running a number of charity functions and community events in Ponteland.

Mr Grant said: “We have set up not in opposition to the established fund-raisers, but specifically to support in a small way the poor and the afflicted.

“The mode of operation will be to hold a concert and raffle twice per year, the proceeds going to selected charities.

Pont Charity Group’s first event will be a concert on Tuesday, June 4. It features male quartet Just4Men and soprano Marjorie Archer, with proceeds going to the Great North Air Ambulance.

The Grainger Singers will perform on Saturday, October 26, in support of Children NE. Both concerts will be held in Ponteland Memorial Hall.

As a small charity, the group is not required to register with the Charity Commission, but it does use its guidelines and small charity constitution.