Trainee mariners and their teaching team from South Shields Marine School are celebrating netting hundreds of pounds by playing a charity football match.
The marine school’s newly-founded Winterbottom Wanderers, made up of maritime cadets, took on lecturers and other staff.
The sides played out a thrilling 4-4 draw at Temple Park fields in South Shields, with staff member Eamonn Murphy the hero of the day.
He scored a hat-trick in an event which raised an equally impressive £455 from a raffle for the Dr Winterbottom Charitable Fund.
The fund is named after Victorian philanthropist, Dr Thomas Masterman Winterbottom, whose financial legacy led to the founding of the marine school in 1861.
Marine school Principal Simon Ashton said: “I’m thrilled that so much money was raised from this terrific event.
“The match proved great fun for all those who took part, it was highly competitive but also hugely enjoyable.
“The charity mainly helps students who need a little extra financial support to help them in their studies, and this was a great way to boost its funds.
“Each player deserves credit for turning out for such a good cause, and, of course, Eamonn did exceptionally well in netting three goals.
“I think everyone involved in this game hopes it is an event which may become a regular fixture.”
Winterbottom Wanderers was set up this year by senior marine students, Will Hibbs and Robin Hagan.
They also put their creative skills to good use by designing a bespoke team badge which incorporated the marine school’s logo.
The match was supported by Ice Print and Design, which printed the logo onto playing tops.
Raffle prizes were provided by Akins Family Bakers, Alnwick Castle, Artventures, Barbour Foundation, Beamish, Cake Stories Chillingham Castle, Dickson’s Domino’s, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park & Quasar.
Other supporters were Jesmond Beauty Clinic, Littlehaven Hotel, Mrs Bakerae, Newcastle Eagles, Raich Carter Centre, Ritrovo, Roar Fitness NE, Subway, the Sundial pub, The Gym Group, Up North Pizza and Willow & Ivy Candles.
Prizes also included tickets to see comedian Jason Cook, with support from South Tyneside College’s library and gym.
The Dr Winterbottom Charitable Fund was founded in 2016 with the aim of giving small scale financial support to students
Domestically, it enables learners to study and progress effectively, to form their own businesses, or help them through times of financial difficulties.
It has also established links with organisations overseas to assist them and individuals, when possible.
More information on the fund is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 0191 427 3717