Tyne Tunnels Community Fund lends a Hand to Hebburn Helps

TT2 Limited, the operator of the Tyne Tunnels, has supported a local foodbank with a charitable donation.

Through the Tyne Tunnels Community fund, which TT2 founded in 2016, a donation of £500 was made to support Hebburn Helps, a food bank run by local volunteers.

Hebburn Helps was founded by local woman Jo Durkin and was originally based above her clothing alterations business, Sew and Stitch. The food bank is now located in the South Tyneside Early Excellence Children’s Centre on Campbell Park Road and is run by a team of local volunteers including Jo, and Angie Comerford.

The Tyne Tunnels Community fund helps TT2 Limited fulfil its responsibility to be a good neighbour to communities in the immediate vicinity of the tunnels, as well as those in the wider footprint of its user-base. The fund, which was established to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the second crossing opening, also seeks to establish a lasting legacy of supporting educational programmes.

Stu Sutton, Operations Manager at TT2 said: “At TT2 we are committed to helping the local community and Hebburn Helps is a perfect example of the kind of project we want to support, it is making a difference on Tyneside. It is great to be able to support a charitable initiative which started with one local resident having a good idea and has grown into a valuable local service.

Jo Durkin said: “I would like to thank TT2 and the Tyne Tunnels Community fund for this generous donation. It will go a long way in supporting families in Hebburn in need of our help. I would ask people in the local area to donate what they can to support people in desperate times.”

Hebburn Helps is open between 10pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and is in need of non-perishable food products, toiletries and small white goods.

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