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Working With the Local Community

Working With the Local Community

Sanderson Arcade has announced the new adopted charity for 2017 will be the Alan Shearer Activity Centre based on the outskirts of Newcastle.

The Alan Shearer Activity Centre is a specialist recreational, sensory and social centre for disabled people of all ages and caters to a wide spectrum of need the Activity Centre is owned and managed by North East charity St Cuthberts Care and supported through The Alan Shearer Foundation.

The Activity Centre is completely free for disabled people,  their families and carers and includes a fantastic therapeutic hydrotherapy suite, which has just undergone major refurbishment to double its size and improve the facilities.

Throughout 2017, the team at the Arcade will be fundraising to purchase some specific equipment for the centre in order to improve and enhance the experience for all visitors.


A brand new community media room was unveiled in August 2016 after a six week makeover which had been supported by local businesses and volunteers.

The team at Sanderson Arcade raised 6,000 for Barnabas Safe and Sound to fund the transformation of one of the rooms at the Barnabas Stobhill Centre to create a new modern and bright media room for the local community.

Previous Community Work

At Sanderson Arcade we are committed to working in partnership with the wider community.

We are active members of the Morpeth Chamber of Trade and support many local events including Morpeth in Bloom and the town's annual Fair Day as well as working with stakeholders to help promote the beautiful market town in which we work. 

In October 2013 everyone at the Arcade was extremely proud to find the centre had been named as the national winner in the  Britain in Bloom Commercial Award.

We are also an active partner in the town centre markets initiative which was launched in October 2013 providing new anchor points, stalls and branding for the town's weekly market and monthly Farmers' Market.


In 2012/13/14 the businesses here at the Arcade decided to support The Sick Children's Trust, another fantastic North East charity. The charity's Crawford House in Newcastle provides free 'Home from Home' accommodation for the families of children who are being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Great North Children's Hospital. In 2013 it launched a 2m appeal with the Children's Heart Unit Fund to build new family accommodation at the Freeman Hospital and after 18 months of fundraising the team at the Arcade raised 10,000 to provide a playroom which opened in October 2014 (photo below).


Since the Arcade opened in November 2009 we have also helped to raise more than 45,000 to date to help local charities.

In 2011 we completed our appeal to raise more than 30,000 for The Children's Foundation to pay for a piece of 3D distraction equipment which is now helping hundreds of young patients at the Great North Children's Hospital who are undergoing painful procedures. 

During 2011/12 we supported the NSPCC in the North East helping to fund an under Ones project through the Morpeth branch of the charity, raising 15,484 to donate to project.

 The Morpeth Branch of the NSPCC which benefitted from 2011/12 fundraising


 The 3D Distraction equipment in use at the Great North Children's Hospital