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17th December 2010

Bakers dozen 'doughnation' helps good causes across Tyneside this Christmas

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Warburtons, the region's favourite family baker, has given the North East 13 reasons to feel festive this Christmas as a bakers dozen of good causes benefit from a £1,300 giveaway.

Following an appeal from the baker, charities, voluntary organisations and local people came forward to nominate worthy recipients and good causes in their area who deserved a helping hand at Christmas time.

A team of Warburtons staff at Newburn Bakery selected the 13 beneficiaries who each received £100. Collectively over £1,300 was donated to help each continue with its good work.

Jackie Warren, community champion at Newburn Bakery, said: "The Bakers Dozen giveaway is a fantastic way for us to show our support to the community when times are tough.

"In light of the recession, voluntary organisations and charities are struggling to raise vital funds. We want to give them a boost and support them at Christmas as they make a huge difference to so many people lives."

The organisations who have received donations include Newburn Manor Nursery School, Melrose Centre-Autism unit within Longbenton Community Centre, Denton Young People's Project, The Music Appreciation Group at Fawdon Community Centre in Kenton, Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund in Wallsend and The Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund in Whitley Bay.

Money also went to Motor Neurone Disease, All Saints Primary School in County Durham, Blackhall Community Association, Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle, Pancreatic Research Fund, Meningitis UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Joanne Dodds, administration officer at Newburn Manor Nursery School, said: "We would like to thank Warburtons for their kind donation. The money will help go towards the breakfast club we are setting up so youngsters can enjoy a fun and healthy start to their day.

"The club ensures that young children aged between 3-4 are eating a nutritional breakfast which is especially important at this time of year."

Janice Craig, project administrator at Denton Young People's Project, said: "The money we received will go towards new equipment for our children's Saturday club. It will also help us provide tea, coffee and biscuits for mum's attending our parent and toddler group.

"We were delighted that Warburtons chose to support us this has been a nice little Christmas present!"

As a family business, Warburtons has a strong track record of charitable giving and active involvement within communities across the North East and the rest of the UK, providing a substantial amount of support to good causes year on year.

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