Businesses and individuals on Tyneside have inundated a scheme aimed at improving the lives of people in Newcastle, with offers of support.

The Newcastle Employment Bond has produced a Roll of Honour containing the names of everyone who has contributed to the scheme, aimed at helping hundreds of people into employment, and regenerating areas of the city.

Even celebrities are getting involved, with support already received from actor Kevin Whately and athlete Jonathan Edwards.

Jeremy Scutts, chief executive of the Newcastle Bond, said: "I have been moved by the pledges we have been receiving steadily since the launch in September.

"From huge blue chip companies to small local businesses, the response has been phenomenal, and I'm delighted to say that we've raised a fantastic sum."

He said they would love to raise £3m, which would go a long way to improve the prospects of people in the city, particularly as matched funding from the Government and the European Union would raise the total to £6m.

For details about the Newcastle Employment Bond, or to make an investment, telephone Jeremy Scutts on 0191-230 4492, or contact the website at www.newcastleworking-