Merry Christmas from FareShare North East

From everyone here at FareShare North East, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As Christmas is quickly approaching, we would like to take some time to recognise the amazing work of our volunteers, supporters and staff over 2021. Here are some of our 2021 highlights:

John, Paul & Avery’s Charity Skydive

This year, John Bower, a volunteer here in the warehouse, wanted to do a skydive for his 70th birthday and Paul Bandeira (our Warehouse Manager) said he’d do it too and raise funds for FareShare North East. Another volunteer, Janice Hulmes, signed up but was sadly unable to continue to do the jump due to medical reasons and so last minute, Avery Treynor from Second Bite (see this issue’s member focus to learn more about their work) took up the challenge. John, Paul, and Avery jumped from 15,000 feet on the 13th of June – plenty of people went to watch and support them, and they raised an amazing £2742! Thank you all for being so brave, and for doing something so exciting to raise money for us.

Olivia’s 3 Peak Challenge

Olivia, aged 10 at the time, was inspired to raise money for us during the lockdown. She set herself the challenge to climb her stairs every day in March, enough times to climb the same distance as getting to the top of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon. Olivia climbed around 50 flights of stairs every day and reached her target one day early! She raised over £880 for FareShare North East to go towards the cost of a new food delivery van – thank you Olivia!

Land’s End to John o’Groats

In August of this year, a group of cyclists rode 1,000 miles along the length of the country to raise money for our new van. David Grainger and Mike Dibb-Fuller (both volunteers at FareShare North East) were joined by Steve Barlow, John Hanley, Michael Hanley and Oli Hanley to cycle for 13 days, and reached their goal on the 14th of August. Donations kept coming in even after they’d finished and overall they raised an amazing £9,267!

Light Up Wylam

In 2020, Sarah Grainger organised a village-wide event in Wylam to bring festive cheer to her local community. Funds were raised through donations and by selling programmes – in total £2,527 was raised to go towards our work! We were honoured to be supported by such a fun event and are really excited for its return this year! Find out more about how you can get involved and help us this Christmas. On Sunday 12th December 2021, the second annual Light Up Wylam commenced, raising even more money for FareShare North East this Christmas. 

With everyone’s help we were able to purchase a new refrigerated van in November! Thank you to our amazing volunteers who have dedicated valuable time to helping those most in need in the North East. We wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and we are looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!

Please find our Christmas opening hours below. If you have any questions, please contact us.