Inside The Tyne Tunnels

Issue 79

This month TT2, who run the Tyne Tunnels, have supported local charity Daft as a Brush during the fuel crisis, by fuelling their fleet of over 50 ambulances for the entire month.

The charity transports cancer patients in the North East to and from hospital but has been hit hard by the rising price of petrol and diesel. After Daft as a Brush founder Brian Burnie set up an online campaign to help keep the charity running during this period of rising fuel costs, TT2 donated the £8000 needed to fuel the fleet for a month. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care founder, Brian Burnie said: “With TT2’s donation we can now cover fuel costs for a whole month, for all of our ambulances. We are very grateful. Hundreds of people rely on us to get them to their appointments and we can’t let them down.”

Tyne Tunnels Support Ukraine

The team have shown support for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine by sponsoring a truck to Slovakia, filled with essential supplies. Philip Smith, Chief Executive at TT2, explained: “All the team were anxious to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine and in some small way support them with both aid and donations as well as by making a gesture of solidarity. Our Ukrainian employee liked the idea of flying the national flag, so we were pleased to support and make the gesture.” Team members have also collected necessities internally and donated to the local Polish Community Centre in Newcastle.

Team Members Work In Partnership with Age Concern

Some of TT2’s tech-savvy team members have been helping senior citizens in South Tyneside by providing help with tech queries, thanks to a new course in partnership with Age Concern South Tyneside. TT2 linked up with Age Concern to run a series of technology sessions to help the elderly community with IT, including how to use a tablet, create an email address, shop online and use the TT2 website. Sessions ran weekly in Jarrow, giving locals the chance to meet the team and get assistance on the new system.

Tyne Tunnels Team-up with Pathways4All

TT2 staff are getting together to run the Great North Run this year, supporting Pathways4All. This is a parent-led charity which launched in 2010, providing play and leisure services for disabled children and young people, which is based only five miles away from the Tyne Tunnels. The charity ran a series of activities over the Easter holidays, to which TT2 donated over 400 Easter eggs for all children participating in activities.

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