‘Run Geordie Run’s Sculpture Class’ – one of the projects Mark Allison has helped The Children’s Foundation fund

The Children’s Foundation’s July meeting of the Regional Small Grant Panel, of which Mark Allison ‘Run Geordie Run is a member, awarded £880 to North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Young Peoples Project for the purchase of clay and kiln time for their sculpture classes on Thursday evenings.

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Graeme moulding a new piece of artwork a ‘Hamster’

The project is aimed at children from age 7 upwards who are physically and/or sensory disabled to socially come together with abled bodied children and enjoy a craft based activity suitable for all ages and abilities. Rachel Telford, Children’s Development Worker, commented ‘sculpture is the kind of activity where you can get really involved with what the children are making,’

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Dylan paints his pumpkin

Creating sculptures with the clay, the group have made Mr Men, Little Misses and pumpkins for Halloween. Cameron, aged 9, made a pizza after she had ‘made a burger and chips’. Amanda, a teenager who attends the group has made up her own Little Miss Messy, and Graeme, pictured, has made a hamster.

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Cameron made a pizza

Libby Nolan, Fundraising Manager and Regional Small Grants Panel Committee member visited the project and commented, ‘the work we do through panel has helped thousands of children, providing opportunities that would not otherwise be available to them. Our Foundation relies on committed fundraisers such Mark Allison, aka Run Geordie Run, Ultra marathon runner and fellow Regional Small Grants Panel Committee member, who continually raise funds so we help the children that other charities don’t reach.’

Mark Allison RUN GEORDIE RUN says about his fundraising for The Children’s Foundation “The projects that they fund have such a positive impact on thousands of children’s lives in the region. I have a young son myself and I know just how important it is that we keep our children happy, healthy and safe at all times.”

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North Tyneside Disability Forum Sculpture Class (left to right) – Lauren, Dylan, Cameron, Natalina Sutherland (TCF), Amanda, Laura and Graeme