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Millennium Bridge to be lit up blue as police bid to end loneliness this Christmas
20 Dec | 12:29

The iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge is set to be lit up blue on Friday - as police host an event to combat loneliness this Christmas.

Police in Gateshead are set to host the huge coffee morning this Saturday (December 22) to raise money for the charity Tyneside Mind.

The charity was chosen because of the work they do to combat loneliness among some of the most vulnerable residents in our community.

Police hope that the coffee morning can help raise money for the charity, but also bring some of those suffering from loneliness together this festive period.

And now, in a bid to raise awareness of the event, they have arranged for Gateshead’s Millennium Bridge to be lit up in police blue.

The coffee morning will take place between 11am and 1pm on Saturday at the Ryton Social Club with plenty of mince pies being ordered in to meet demand!
PC Andy Hyde, of the Gateshead West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the event will take "a cuppa with a copper to the next level”.

He said: “We know that Christmas can be a really difficult time for a lot of vulnerable residents and we wanted to bring those people together.

“It is still a month away but we want to get the message out there so we can make sure this is the biggest event of this nature we have ever held.

“We have the mince pies on order, and gallons of tea and coffee ready to serve, so come along and have a cuppa with a copper.

“We will be on hand to speak to you about any policing issues in the Ryton area but we want people from all over the region to come to the event."

He added: "It is fantastic to have the support of some of people across the region and getting the bridge lit up in blue shows this is no normal coffee morning.

“Our main objective is to raise some money for the charity Mind and bring together some people who might normally spend Christmas alone.

“We want to do something special and want everyone to be a part of it!”

The event is supported by Ryton Social Club, Co-op Ryton, Fox & Hounds Crawcrook, Runhead Pub Ryton, Mind Charity Tyneside, Victims First Northumbria, Gateshead Housing Older Persons team, Ryton Churches United, Liz Twist MP and local councillors in Ryton, Crawcrook and Greenside.

Officers from the Gateshead West NPT and Northumbria Police’s Community Engagement team will also be joined by some of the police cadets to engage with members of the public.


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