Published Tuesday, 28th September 2021
By James Cowen
Photo Credit: Ken Fitzpatrick
Almost £6,000 has been raised in aid of the Dunston Staiths Restoration Project.
The iconic structure, known as the largest timber structure in Europe, suffered a series arson attack in May of 2020.
The fire caused significant damage, leaving local volunteers who help to look after the structure to find new ways to fundraise to help re-build what had been ruined.
Thanks to the outgoing love and support for the structure, which holds many memories for many local residents, The Friends Of Dunston Staiths set up 'Save The Staiths 5K and 10K', in which the general public could walk, cycle or run a 5K or 10K to help raise funds to restore the Staiths.
On August 7th, many runners took their final walk/run by the picturesque Staiths and joyfully went passing through the special 'finish line' ribbon. The Mayor of Gateshead Dot Burnett was also in attendance to greet the participants.
Runners/walkers with The Mayor Of Gateshead
Posted on the Dunston Staiths Restoration page on Facebook, the team were delighted to announce that they have raised a whopping £5.747.56.
If you'd like to donate to the Staiths appeal, you can do so via the Virgin Money JustGiving page here.
Follow 'Dunston Staiths Restoration Project' on Facebook here.
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