Councillors Josh McKeith, Sam Johnston, Chris Burnicle, Pam Mann and Michael Hartnack all recently supported Norah's North Pole, a family run yearling tradition which delivers presents to children and families who would otherwise go without on Christmas Day through donations from members of the public and business.
This year some of our councillors helped by attending the packing centre. The Santa sacks or gift bags included the likes of clothes, cuddly toys, selection boxes and toys packed for the families at Christmas.
Cllr Joshua McKeith, Shadow member of Children, Learning & Skills Portfolio said:
“It was fantastic to have been able to help again at Norahs North Pole this year. Last year Norahs North Pole was able to support thousands of children, to give a bit of kindness at Christmas and this year was just as big.”
“At such a hard time during people’s lives living with a pandemic, we are again reminded of the best side of society through there donations to such a wonderful cause.”
Commenting on this experience, Cllr Mann said:
"It was an absolute pleasure to help out with Cllr Josh McKeith and other colleagues at Norah's North Pole this Christmas. It was amazing to see the generosity of local businesses and residents in donationating toys and gifts for children of all ages in the North East.
"Many families are on low income or have lost employment in the last year. This enterprise goes a long way to ensuring that no child goes without at Christmas time. "It was a fabulous event."