Local children’s Charity, Children North East, is celebrating the success of their Sandcastle Summer Party.

The party, sponsored by Robertson Construction England, was held at Marriott Gosforth Park on Friday 14th July.

With spectacular auction prizes including a ‘money can’t buy’ experience of being a Station Announcer for the day from Virgin Trains East Coast, the Sandcastle Summer Party raised over £19,000* for the charity.

The party takes place one week after the charity’s annual Sandcastle Challenge at Sandhaven Beach in South Shields with the business winner, Robertson Facilities Management, announced on the evening.  The Challenge echoes how the charity began in 1891 organising trips to the seaside for children from the Newcastle slums.

Carol Taylor, Senior Fundraiser at Children North East, said: “The support we receive for our annual Sandcastle Summer Party is amazing.  Every pound raised changes lives for children, young people and families right here in the north east.”

“The services we provide focus on growing up healthy and happy and are life-changing for babies, children and young people.  The support we have received this year will really help us in continuing to provide these services.”

Martin Westgate, Director at Robertson Construction, said: “We are proud to support Children North East as they do so much for the north east community.  Robertson Construction is always seeking out ways to support local communities and with our strong presence in the north east, we felt compelled to get involved in this fantastic, fun-filled occasion.”

Ben Smith, Development Director at Robertson Facilities Management, said: “We had an amazing day at the Sandcastle Challenge working with Westoe Crown Primary School.  The children came up with brilliant ideas and it was a pleasure working with them.  To be crowned the overall winner of the Challenge at the Sandcastle Summer Party really is just the icing on the cake and we can’t wait to be part of this fantastic event again next year.”