Big-hearted charity champs have handed out their hard-earned funds to worthy groups in the city.
Every year the The Chesters’ Charity, a group of fundraisers from The Chesters’ pub in Sunderland, go the extra mile for Wearside.
The members recently handed out £13,500, raised during 2015, to a variety of good causes, and have already started work on this year’s fund-raising.
For the past 30 years the pub, in Chester Road, has had a charity group, made up of staff and regulars, and has raised thousands of pounds for a wide range of worthy causes.
This year the Great North Air Ambulance was the main beneficiary from the pub-goers’ efforts by being handed a cheque for £9,500.
Other groups to benefit were the Sunderland Prostate Cancer Group, who were given £1,000, and the city’s branch of the British Heart Foundation along with Sunderland’s Larengectomy Group, who both got a boost to the tune of £1,500.
The bulk of the money was raised through a charity bike ride in the summer. A total of 17 cyclists and six support workers took part in the event in June, cycling 100 miles for four consecutive days.
Ian Smith, who runs the Chesters’ Charity, said: “I would like to thank everybody that took part.
“The Great North Air Ambulance is a great charity to support because you never know when it is going to be needed. It’s just about raising money for whoever needs it at the time. I prefer them all to be in Sunderland.”
Anyone who would like to help out with the charity can contact Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org