Family and friends of an East End man have raised £2,000 in his memory. Dean Polley. of Donnitsford Gardens, died of leukaemia.He was 46. His mum Val and daughter Alicia wanted to raise money for the hospital where he was cared for and held a number of raffles. They were so successful that they held a fundraising night in The Welcome Tavern in Prospect Row, the East End, and raised £2,000.
The money will go to leukaemia charity the Bright Red Campaign and Macmillan.Val and Alicia would like to thank Jeff, and all the staff at The Welcome, along with all Alicia’s friends, Val’s friends, and all the family who helped raise funds. Thanks also go to local business in Hendon, the East End, Roker and Grangetown who donated prizes for the raffle.
Val and Alicia are organising another fundraising event next year to mark what would have been Dean’s 50th birthday. Val has been fundraising for sometime and in the early days was helped by neighbours Ronni Clark and Ronnie Taylor.
By kind permission of the Churches Conservation Trust there will be a Christmas Eve mass with carols in Sunderland Old Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Church Street East, on Christmas Eve at 2pm. Refreshments will be available.
Inspite of the rain, people braved the weather to visit the Christmas fair at Donnison School where hot soup was part of the refreshments. The premises will be closed to visitors until January 4.
Hendon Community Association meets in Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace, Hendon. There is a drop-in lunch Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Bingo is held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (over 18s). For further details , ring 0191 5655648.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society Archives at the Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre,6 Douro Terrace, is open for resear from 9.30am-noon tomorrow.