Newcastle Chinese community donated £10,000 to help vulnerable locals

Lucy Nelson discusses charitable fundraising by Newcastle's Chinese community, bringing our sixteenth good news story.

Lucy Nelson
30th April 2020
Image: Wikimedia Commons

A donation of £10,000 has been given to the Citylife line fundraiser, in support of the most vulnerable members of the Newcastle community.

The donation was organised by Sin Hung Mg MBE, the founder of the Happy Travel agency, and President of the Newcastle Wah Sun Chinese Association. In addition to the £10,000, Sun Hung has also organised a donation of over 2,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the Shunde province in China, to help supply and protect key workers.  

Johnny Qi, the chairman of the British Chinese Entrepreneurs Association, whose logistics business is based in Gateshead, has also pledged £3,000 to the cause. 

The Citylife line fundraiser, organised by the City Council and partners in the local voluntary and community sector, aims to help the most vulnerable members of the Newcastle community many of whom are not able to leave their homes due to underlying health conditions. The service will ensure vulnerable resident have access to essential provision and support they require during lockdown. The service was set up at the end of March with the aim of raising £30,000. At present £35,924 has been raised, exceeding their original target. Newcastle City Council leader, Nick Forbes said: “These are incredibly generous donations which will make a huge difference in the citywide efforts to tackle coronavirus…on behalf of the council I would like to thank everyone involved for helping in this common cause.”. 

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