Members of the Youth Council handed over bags of food and other household items which have been collected throughout the year to the Young Mayor’s chosen charity for 2016, the Walking With project based at Saint Luke’s Church in Wallsend.

More than £200 raised by staff at North Tyneside Council was also presented to the charity, which provides relief for asylum seekers and refugees who have arrived in the borough.

The Youth Council is made up of 50 youth councillors, aged between 11 and 19, who represent the views and ideas of other young people in the borough. Every year the elected Young Mayor and youth councillors decide on a local charity that they want to support.

Young Mayor Kieran Archer said: “Its heart warming to see organisations like Walking With giving aid to those in need. Troubled times like these demand charity and togetherness – Walking With is a proud example of human unity and togetherness when we need it most.” 

For more information about the Youth Council email Participation@northtyneside.gov.uk and the Young Mayor can be contacted on Youngmayor@northtyneside.gov.uk

Photo, from left, shows youth councillors William Beattie, Abbie Herron, Young Mayor Kieran Archer presenting the cheque to Ken Johnson from Walking With and youth councillor Oscar Daniel.