Siblings and a pub manager are celebrating raising nearly £2,000 for charity.

John Walker,52, and Jennifer Jones, 47, of Wallsend, lost their mother Brenda Walker in June, this year, after being diagnosed with Alzheimers for three years.

Since her passing, the siblings have hosted two coffee mornings, both raising £650 each, at Johns work place, the Diamond Inn in Ponteland.

The events were able to bring attention and fundraise for the charity Alzheimers Society. The siblings were also able to add £450 to the fundraiser amount from a Just Giving donation page in Brenda's memory and a sponsored work which friends raised £160.

Jennifer said: "We wanted to do something close to our hearts and fundraise for a charity that we feel does not get enough recognition or fundraisers.

"So we wanted to change that by hosting more regular meetings, for example the next one will be in July date - the date is to be confirmed."

The siblings want to support family members going through the same situation they went through.

Jennifer said: " A year into her diagnosis and we had to look into placing her in a home and this became more stressful during Covid happened when we could not see her.

"Luckily we had the charitable foundation Dementia Matter, who I was able to call if I was worried about my mam and ask questions to them.

She adds: "Not many people had help like we did, so myself and John want to help those who have questions but don't know who or where to ask."

John, a chef, and Jennifer, a special needs assistant at a school, found the events have been very successful and local businesses are helping them to raise money.

John said: "The support has been amazing. I am very grateful for all the support from shops, businesses and customers who help at the events.

"The money will help fundraise alzheimers patients mini bus trips and fund essential services for families."

Malcolm Conlon, manager at the Diamond Inn, said: "The most recent event was a great day and was for a fantastic cause. It shows the community power of Ponteland."