Throughout lockdown, the South Shields FC Supporters Alliance has been working hard behind the scenes to raise much-needed funds for the club’s charitable foundation.

A weekly Irish Lottery bonus ball draw has accumulated more than £500, which has now been donated to the Foundation.

Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “We are extremely grateful to the Supporters Alliance for organising the weekly draw and making the Foundation its beneficiary.

“We know that times have been hard for everyone over the last year but once again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of South Shields FC supporters.

“We wanted to make sure that we reinvested the donation in something that will help us build up income streams as we start to reopen and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The funds raised have been used to purchase six picnic benches which now take pride of place in the beer garden at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare, where the Foundation is based.

They were officially opened on Monday, April 12 by representatives from the Supporters Alliance, who were joined by members of the Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare Banner Group.

Supporters Alliance Members Secretary Alison Cairns said: “We were over the moon when Steve Camm contacted us to say the money we had raised so far for the Foundation would be put to good use by purchasing benches for people to enjoy the outdoor beer garden area he was looking to create.

“We look forward to continuing our financial support in the future.

“We’d like to thank all who take part in the fundraising measures who make things like this possible.”

The first weekend opening day on Saturday, April 17 was a massive success and the beer garden will be open between 12pm and 4pm every Saturday, with other opening times planned around activities and events on site.

Further details about opening times will follow as progression is made through the government’s roadmap. The next key date is May 17, when bars may also be able to open indoors.

For opening times, follow the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

Mariners fans have once again demonstrated their incredible commitment to the club after a cheque for £2,000 was presented to chief executive Lee Picton.

The money was raised for the club over recent months by the South Shields FC Supporters Alliance, whose committee have worked tirelessly to continue online 50/50 draws, bonus balls, football cards and various other fundraising initiatives during the pandemic.

The latest cheque handover came after the £2,000 milestone was hit for the latest period, and the club would like to thank all those connected with the Alliance, and of course all fans who played a part in raising the funds by participating in the draws and raffles, for their continued remarkable support.

We are hugely fortunate to have the backing of such a tremendous fanbase and we are greatly looking forward to welcoming you all back to 1st Cloud Arena at the earliest opportunity.

Supporters have again shown their incredible commitment to the club by raising almost £1,000 through the purchase of specially-made crests.

During an unprecedented and hugely challenging year, the backing the club has received has been staggering and humbling, and this is just another example of that.

The crests, made of mild steel, are available in three sizes: 1ft diameter (£25), 2ft diameter (£75) and 3ft diameter (£100).

This project was led by the brilliant and dedicated Alison Cairns, of the Supporters Alliance.

Alison processed all orders and then delivered 95 of the crests with partner Graham, and the club is indebted to her for her continued and invaluable support.

The mild steel versions can be used as a piece of wall art, inside or outside, and can be lacquered or painted by the purchaser.

If any supporter would like to order one, please contact Alison via Facebook messenger or send her a text message to 07748667213.