Dozens of local people have saddled up to help a fundraising race night bring in hundreds of pounds for a North Tyneside charity.
 
Organised by the team at the North Shields branch of Newcastle Building Society, the race night saw more than 60 people descend on The Watch Tower in Tynemouth to place their bets on a series of pre-recorded races.
 
And after totting up the total raised through ticket sales, race takings, a raffle and other money-raising activities on the night, a cheque for £815 has been presented to the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.
 
The Brigade is a voluntary shore-based coastal rescue service that was founded in 1864, and operates from the Watch House Museum.
 
It averages over 120 callouts a year, ranging from monitoring and gathering information on broken down boats to recovering cliff casualties from the coastline.
 
The Society’s North Shields branch has previously adopted the Brigade as its dedicated charity as part of a wider campaign through which individual branches provided support to organisations and good causes in their local areas
 
Stephen Burt, manager at the Society’s North Shields branch, says: “We’ve done a lot of fundraising work for the Volunteer Life Brigade over the last few years as part of our policy of supporting our local community, and thought the race night would be a great way to extend it.
 
“The branch team did a brilliant job of organising the event, and we’ve had lots of positive feedback on how much fun everyone had on the night.
 
“The volunteers that make up the Life Brigade team commit a huge amount of time and effort to its invaluable work, and we’re very pleased to have been able to contribute so much to such an important local cause.”
 
For more information on the work done by The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, please visit www.tvlb.org

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