A SOUTH Tyneside restaurant has served up a funding boost for a South Tyneside kids’ charity.
The Asha Balti House, in Ocean Road, South Shields, opened its doors to host a charity curry night in aid of the KAYAKS – Kids And Young Adults Klub – Special Needs.
The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson, and raised £980 for the group, which supports families and children with special needs and disabilities.
Fundraiser and organiser Kimberly Elliott said: “We had an amazing response to this event with 95 people attending on the night, helping us to raise a fantastic amount for the charity.
“It is the second time we have held the event at the Asha, and, as always, the staff were excellent.
“Since the KAYAKS won the Community Group of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside awards, the group has really been going from strength to strength.
“We have had so many new families and children with special needs/disabilities joining our group that we are glad we can make a difference.”
In September the group, which is based at Mortimer Community Centre, in Reading Road, South Shields, was awarded charitable status.
Kimberly added: “We have had so much support from various people over the years and without their support we would not be able to hold such successful events.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Mayor Coun Fay Cunningham, who is also our patron, and the Mayoress, and Chris Slater, from the BBC’s Dumping Ground, who is our ambassador for attending the night – it really does mean such a lot.”
The group runs weekly sessions which includes gym work, play activities and crafts.
It currently has 150 members, and arranges day trips and residential breaks.
As well as providing activities for youngsters, the group also provides a support network for parents offering guidance, advice, information and friendship.
The KAYAKS meet every Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm, at Mortimer Community Association, Reading Road, South Shields.