Give us a wave if you spot our fantastic new minibus which has just taken to the road, thanks to the brilliant fundraising efforts of Tyneside Rotarians.

Bill Midgley, who is Vice President of Tyneside Rotary and minibus appeal coordinator, presented the bus to Leigh Elliott, the charity’s interim chief executive at Tynemouth Castle and Priory.

Leigh said: “It’s really fitting that the official handover should take place at the coast as Tynemouth was the destination for the charity’s first trips to the beach for children in Victorian times.

Our charity began life nearly 130 years ago as the Poor Children’s Holiday Association, which was founded to provide children in need with trips down the river to Tynemouth to get some fresh air, away from the smog of industrial Newcastle.

“Today our services are many and varied – from parent-infant relationship psychotherapy, to mental health counselling for teens and helping young victims of crime – but we also continue to take children and young people out to the coast and countryside to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing.

Putting the fun into fundraising

“We are so grateful to Tyneside Rotary for this fantastic resource that will be a real asset to our charity for years to come.”

Tyneside Rotarians have been fundraising for the mini bus for just over a year and have held a succession of successful events including an ‘Under the Sea’ themed charity ball; a sponsored walk and restaurant ‘takeovers’. There were also substantial donations from a number of other funders including Netherton Park Trust and the Catherine Cookson and Carr-Ellison Charitable Trusts, bringing the total raised to an amazing £20,000.

  • Children North East CEO, Leigh Elliott, (2nd right) with Tyneside Rotary and Netherton Park Trust representatives

President of Tyneside Rotary, Sue Wood, said they were delighted to have been able to provide a bus for our children and young people.

She said: “We were keen to support Children North East after some of our members visited two of the charity’s projects in Newcastle.

“We were impressed with the support that the charity was giving to families and young people in the region and felt that fundraising for a minibus would allow the charity to make an even greater impact. We are delighted to present the minibus to Children North East and are sure that it will be used to great effect.”

Children North East’s senior fundraiser, Carol Taylor, who worked closely with Tyneside Rotary to secure the bus, said it would be used to help children and young people get a break from the urban environment in which they live and get out into the countryside.

Big thanks also to car dealership, Lookers, who branded up the bus so brilliantly with our eye-catching logo so that everyone who sees it will know it's Children North East out and about! 

Would you like to fundraise for us? 

If you'd like to take a leaf out of Tyneside Rotary's book and begin fundraising for Children North East, we'd love to have you on board! Have a look at our fundraising ideas page here or, if you're a business, head on over to our corporate giving section. Thankyou to ALL our supporters - we're so, so lucky to have you!