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Once again, we wonder if you would be kind enough to allow us the use of your columns to thank some delightfully generous people.

We asked Alnwick Lions for assistance to maintain our programme with the St Paul’s Social Centre and they were kind enough to give us £300 (which included a gift of £100 from an anonymous donor).

We know that without the ongoing support of local people they would not be in a position to be so helpful.

These grants mean that we can maintain our programme of craft sessions, visiting speakers and special events, such as Christmas shopping trips, for another year and the residents of St Paul’s Court have expressed their delight that local people can be so kind. All the monies given so far will be used for local residents.

On a related matter, one of our volunteers celebrated his 70th birthday by undertaking the St Cuthbert’s Challenge Walk on August 9.

We sought sponsorship for this rather demanding walk on behalf of the Royal Voluntary Service’s work with older people in north Northumberland.

Again, people have responded with great generosity and we know that, so far, we have raised over £200 with more sponsorship to come in from other social centres and their supporters.

This money will be used by the Northumberland Royal Voluntary Service office to support their clubs which provide support and social stimulation for older people living in isolated rural communities.

The people of north Northumberland are very generous and we can only say how very, very grateful we are to everyone who has contributed.

Jan and Martyn Tuckwell,

Volunteers,

Royal Voluntary Service,

Farriers Rise, Shilbottle