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Arcade fundraising helps to light up lives

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Arcade fundraising helps to light up lives

14 May 2018

Fundraising at Sanderson Arcade is helping to change the lives of disabled children and adults after providing specialist equipment at The Alan Shearer Activity Centre. 

Staff, stores and customers raised an amazing £6,000 last year to provide equipment for the free, specialist facility in Newcastle, after it was selected to be the chosen charity during 2016/ 2017 for the Morpeth shopping centre. 

The Activity Centre is one of three services provided at The Alan Shearer Centre   - a highly specialist, respite, residential and social facility for people of all ages with complex disabilities and acute sensory impairments. The Centre is owned and managed by regional charity, St Cuthbert's Care.

A cheque presentation was made to Lainya Shearer, one of the charity's patrons, at the end of last year and now the funds have been spent on vital new equipment. 

Joel Plumley, centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, was invited to meet the staff and see the specialist equipment in use by some of the children who regularly visit the centre in Newcastle. 

The equipment includes a specialist and multi-sensory interactive panel which can be used to play games, create music and lights as well as requiring creative skills to trace, paint and draw. 

Other equipment purchased through the Arcade fundraising include a sensory mood light table, star projector and rainbow cascade - all aimed at stimulating the senses. 

Youngsters visiting from Hadrian School, Jack Young and Owen Young (no relation), were delighted to demonstrate the new equipment for the visit. 

Joel said: “The staff at the Alan Shearer Centre do an absolutely amazing job and it was wonderful to see the results of the fundraising at the Arcade and the real difference it is making. 

“We would like to thank everyone who helped with our fundraising to make this wonderful contribution come to fruition.”

Amanda Head, Manager of the Alan Shearer Centre said: “The equipment bought through the Sanderson Arcade fundraising is already making a huge difference here at the Centre and we would like to thank the team for choosing us as their chosen charity last year and for raising such a fantastic amount for us.” 

The money was raised through the 2016 Christmas Tree of Light and a special VIP Fashion Show at Barluga as well as a sponsored leg wax by the Sanderson Arcade Beadles and the team at Pinky’s Nail Boutique, and the regular buskers at the Arcade.   

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Pictures show Joel Plumley and Alan Shearer Centre Manager, Amanda Head, with Jack Young and Owen Young. 



For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644