Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Region Unites to Donate Cash for Disaster Victims

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Region Unites to Donate Cash for Disaster Victims

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Byline: By Amanda Crook

Generous Geordies have already raised more than pounds 50,000 for the victims of the tsunami.

New Year revellers gave an estimated pounds 10,000 for the relief fund while they partied.

And Chronicle readers have helped towards pounds 22,000 raised by Unicef's in the North East.

Shoppers at Marks and Spencer have added pounds 15,000 to the appeal in just five days. Thousands of pounds in donations are being counted at St Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

More than 70 of Newcastle's most popular bars waived their New Year entry fees and asked people to make a donation to the relief fund instead.

Revolution, Apartment, Offshore and Fitzgerald's all took part in the fund-raising drive organised by the De Giorgi family, who own Secco and Popolo's on Pilgrim Street.

So far less than a third of their collecting tins have been returned and those that have contained more than pounds 3,000. Cristina De Giorgi is now expecting a total donation of pounds 10,000 for the British Red Cross.

She said: "Individually it was just small amounts but it all adds up we're very happy with the results of the collection so far.

"We don't know the final total yet but we hear that all the bars had a great response so we're confident of reaching pounds 10,000."

Staff at Marks and Spencer, in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, are accepting donations through the tills which go directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee.

A spokeswoman for the store said: "People have been very generous, quite a few have handed over pounds 100 each but it is the number of donations which are adding up."

Staff at branches of Kwik Save and Somerfield are also collecting. Kwik Save stores in Byker, Gosforth and Hadrian Park have already collected pounds 900. The congregation of St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral have raised thousands of pounds for the victims of the Indian Ocean earthquake at four services over the weekend. …

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