Keep Calm And Ceilidh On

In a typical week the Safe Families’ team will be involved in all sorts of different things – from the sharp end stuff of linking up needy families with supportive volunteers, to more mundane matters such as processing a DBS check.

ceilidh x250Over Christmas 2014, Tyneside Church & Volunteer Co-Ordinator John Hinton found himself involved in something that was definitely extra-curricular to his standard job description! He explains:

“On the Saturday before Christmas I had the privilege of speaking to a men’s breakfast at Trinity Gosforth. I didn’t realise at the time but present at the breakfast were a group of guys from St. Georges URC church in High Heaton. Something of the Safe Families vision struck a chord with them and so the following week they contacted us via our Facebook page

It turned out that they were planning a Ceilidh to celebrate Burns Night and were looking for a local charity to support. We were thrilled to hear that Safe Families for Children had been nominated as the charity that they wished donate the proceeds from the event to. As the event was on my patch I had a difficult decision to make: Did my love of haggis outweigh my fear of dancing in public? I decided that yes it was and so went along to celebrate with them.

The event raised £381.50 and I had the opportunity to say a few words of thanks and to raise the profile of Safe Families further.”

John was not willing to tell the team whether or not he wore a kilt to the event.

He is available for future dancing-related fundraising engagements.