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The Cumberland raises £1,500 for local homeless people at Christmas

BAR STAFF at The Cumberland Arms in Ouseburn ran an auction in aid of CRISIS to raise money that will go to help single homeless or vulnerably-housed people in North East England.

Friday 14th December saw the pub manage to raise over £1,000 on the night, largely thanks to Ian and Carl of the Suggestibles taking to the stage as entertaining auctioneers. After all of the boozer’s fundraising efforts had been tallied, they’d raised an impressive £1,500 for the charity.

Two phone-bidding wars, the opportunity to be a “Brewer for the day” with Anarchy Brew Co, choosing a recipe and seeing it through on their professional kit and the opportunity to be a “Chef for the day” at Terry Laybourne’s famous restaurant Café 21,  working alongside his team including lunch for the winner and a guest, both raised over £150 each.

Other high interest lots were the 2013 pass for all public events at The Cumberland Arms  raising £140 and the “Learn how to do butchery in a workshop” at Moor House Farm which raised £101.

Drinkers were also able to take part in a raffle which included donated prizes of CDs from local bands and goodie bags from Urban Outfitters.

Frankie, from The Cumberland Arms, was particularly pleased with the night, “All lots were kindly donated for the event, meaning that all the money will go directly to where it is needed. It was a really fantastic evening, with Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra providing the music.”

The other lots on offer were:

  • Fiddle Tuition with the musician Scott Hartley
  • A Percussion Workshop with Brendan Murphy of Rumba Palace
  • A Photography Session with Spurious Nonsense Art Photography
  • An Ouseburn Experience which includes breakfast at Ernest, 2 tickets to the Victoria Tunnel, a tour of the Ouseburn Coffee Company & Lunch for 2 at The Cumberland
  • Surfing Lessons, Goody Bags from Urban Outfitters, Works of Art

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people, dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

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