WEARSIDE’S Rotary Clubs have hit the high notes to help make life better for some of the North East’s most deserving youngsters.
The Rotary Youth Musical, held at Sunderland Empire in June, raised thousands of pounds for the region’s children’s charities.
Among those to benefit are Sunderland charity Hope 4 Kidz and Sunderland Young Carer’s Centre.
Hope 4 Kidz will use its donation to help fund its annual Santa’s Christmas party at Illusions nightclub, Sunderland on Sunday, December 7.
Nearly 400 children attended last year’s party and this year the organisation expects to welcome more than 450 youngsters, all struggling to overcome long-term illness, disability and other problems such as poverty and abuse.
The free event is designed to give attendees a chance to escape their problems for an afternoon, with live entertainment from a balloon artist, the Metro Centre Gnomes and pets corner.
Guests will also have the chance to meet Santa, get their faces painted and enjoy a free buffet before taking part in a host of party games and dancing the afternoon away with a live DJ.
Ten-year-old Sunningdale School pupil Subhan Mahmood, who accepted the donation on behalf of Hope 4 Kidz, is typical of the children who will benefit.
One of the youngsters attending the first Santa’s Christmas Party in 2007, he has endured hole-in-the-heart surgery alongside other undiagnosed problems.
Hope 4 Kidz chief executive Viv Watts aid: “Our Santa’s Christmas Party is undoubtedly the most popular event of the year because it gives young people a chance to escape the stresses and strains of their everyday life and have fun with other youngsters in a similar situation.
“It is down to the generosity of other organisations, businesses and the public, donating gifts and funds, that Hope 4 Kidz to be able to hold a party for such a large number of attendees.
“The Trustees are delighted that the Rotary Youth Musical chose Hope 4 Kidz to be one of the beneficiaries for a second year running to support the Christmas Party.”
Sunderland Carers’ Centre will put its £2,000 donation towards an additional coach, allowing it to organise more days out for young carers.
“It is so important that young carers have time away from caring, have a chance to meet other young carers and enjoy new experiences,” said carers’ Centre chief executive Graham Burt.
For further information about Hope 4 Kidz, or to attend Santa’s Christmas Party please call the charity direct on 0191 534 7788, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or log on to http://www.hope4kidz.org.uk/ .