STAFF at bus company Go North East have raised more than £10,000 for local charities and other worthy causes.

They celebrated the achievement with a giant two metre social distanced charity cheque at last Thursday’s clapping for the NHS, carers and fellow key workers.

The money was raised in the last month at depots in Gateshead, Sunderland, Consett, Percy Main, Washington and Chester-le-Street where teams each chose a cause to support.

Activities included sponsored head shaving, running, walking, the ‘one million step challenge’ and cream pies thrown in people’s faces.

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It raised more than £5,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, almost £2,500 to buy toiletries and other items for the NHS and care homes, more than £1,600 for Treetops children’s ward at University Hospital of North Durham and £1,400 shared between The BAY Foodbank, Michael Hall Foundation and Tanfield Railway.

Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “It’s been great to see our team members unite at these challenging times and raise so much money for great causes.

“They’ve surpassed everyone’s wildest expectations by raising over £10,000 for charity, whilst also maintaining vital services for key workers and those making essential journeys and doing a number of fun and different good deeds which have brought cheer to customers and colleagues.

“I can’t thank them enough for their superb efforts which show true team and community spirit. We are exceptionally proud of them.”

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