A day of fundraising events took place on Saturday, March 19th kicking off with a world record attempt.
Organised by Blackswan, Tynemouth Green Day celebrated St Patrick’s Day with an attempt to break the world record for the largest human shamrock on Tynemouth Longsands, which say 529 form a giant shamrock.
The record attempt was followed by 2.5km and 5km runs along the beach.
Named Moyra’s Green Runs in honour of Black Swan co-founder Karen Lee’s mum, the day raised funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, where Moyra receives care, and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The runs started at Crusoe’s café on Longsands Beach.
The Metro 60 Charity Challenge took place in April, with a target to raise £6,000 for 11 charities based in the north of England.
Steve Wilkinson, known as WheelchairSteve, boarded the 6.04am train from Newcastle Airport Metro Station. He then got on and off every station on the system until he had visited all 60 Tyne and Wear Metro Stations.
As part of the fundraising efforts, business like Blackswan were asked to sponsor stations, and were delighted to sponsor Cullercoats Metro Station.
Steve started his feat at 6am at the Airport and finished some 15 hours later, raising thousands of pounds to be split between 11 North East charities.