Ferry skipper nets £3,000 for Help for Heroes
Shields Ferry skipper Bob Paterson has managed to raise £3,000 for the Help for Heroes charity.
Bob organised a coffee morning on board the ferry and a special evening river cruise with all of the proceeds going to the popular charity, which provides vital support for injured service personnel.
Bob had hoped to raise £1,000 but he has managed to more than treble that amount thanks to the generosity of the passengers.
He got support for his coffee morning from the local ASDA store in South Shields, which provided all of the refreshments on the day.
Bob said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have raised so much money. I’d like to thank everyone who donated and all the people who helped to arrange the fundraising events, including my colleagues at the ferry and the staff at ASDA in South Shields.”
Bob was inspired to support Help for Heroes because his own son, Kevin, is a corporal in the Black Watch Regiment who has served in Afghanistan. He was injured by an RPG round in 2009 but has since made a full recovery.
“I was pleased that Kevin and a few of his colleagues were able to come down for the ferry cruise,” said Bob. “The regiment has just got back from exercise in Kenya and they weren’t supposed to have any leave, but because it was a Help for Heroes event they were allowed to come down and show their support.”