A Tyneside care homes released black and white balloons in a memory of the tragic Newcastle United fans’ death in the MH17 crash.
The fundraising activity was held at their annual summer fete, which was attended by staff, residents and families of Sovereign Lodge and Sovereign Court care homes in Westerhope, Newcastle.
The balloons were donated by a local party company and visitors paid £2 per balloon to set it free. A total of £50 was donated to the Sir Bobby Robson foundation in memory of Liam Sweeney and John Alder. An additional contribution of £100 was also made by Executive Care, who run the care homes involved.
The manager of Sovereign Lodge, Christina Nichol, said: “We hold fetes on a regular basis, usually to raise money for the residents’ fund for activities throughout the year. However, this year we decided to add an extra element to the usual proceedings and raise money in memory of Liam and John.
“Newcastle has such a strong community and it has really come together to support the memory of the two Newcastle fans, who were tragically killed following their passion for their local team.”
The care home also raised almost £1,400 to support hobbies and activities of their elderly residents,such as day trips and entertainers visiting the home.
Christina continued: “It is important for us to provide not only the best quality of care for our residents, but also some great activities to make sure they continue a healthy and happy lifestyle.
“The annual summer fete helps us to raise money and brings everyone together. It was a fantastic day and our residents really enjoyed socialising with members of the local community.”
The whole community came together to donate prizes for the raffle, including vouchers for meals at local restaurants, paintballing, beauty treatments and hampers. A variety of stalls were set up for the day were selling items including bric-a-brac, jewellery and home made cakes.
Sovereign Lodge and Sovereign Court are both owned by care home group Executive Care, who own 27 homes across the country.
Chief executive David Harrison said: “We are very proud of our care homes using their annual summer fete to support a cause which touched the hearts of so many in our local community..”
The event was sponsored by Gibson Surveying and Mapping, who came forward to donate £100 towards activities on the day. Another local business contributed to the fete by providing a discounted bouncy castle to use on the day.