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Afternoon Tea at The Roker

19 May 2019

The Roker Hotel

Shop til you drop then recover with a sumptuous buffet style afternoon tea at the stunning Roker Hotel!


Our handpicked stalls will have something for everyone, so if you are looking for that present for a loved one or simply want to treat yourself, we are sure you will find what you are looking for!


Our guest speakers are Louise Wiegand from Phoenix Interior Decorating and Design who is going to give you her top tips and tricks to help you redesign your home exactly how you want it from start to finish with no hassle!


Yvonne Frost from Image On will give an overview of what a colour and style consultation involves, including a mini demonstration. This will offer hints and tips of how to achieve a wardrobe that works for you and your lifestyle, with a light-hearted approach!


Louise from Positive Beauty will be on hand doing make up demos and will have her products on sale as well so you can try before you buy and find the perfect shade for you.


Liz from Inspire Holistics will be doing taster sessions of reiki and massage for a donation to Grace House and you don’t want to miss out on that, you will leave the event feeling pampered and relaxed!


We will also have live music from the singing sensation Alex Hall as well as a raffle with some amazing prizes up for grabs! Tickets are only £20 and include a welcome drink, so what are you waiting for? Get your friends together and book now!

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Sofa to Sea to Sea
12 August 2019

My name is Jayne Secker I am a presenter on Sky News and spend most of my life sitting down. Somehow I appear to have volunteered myself for something resembling to a stage of the Tour de France this autumn. It’s all in a good cause but I’m not quite sure what I have let myself in for…


It’s fair to say I am not a natural cyclist. I have no sense of balance, dreadful co-ordination and wonky feet. Once I manage to get going I’m also also pretty rubbish at stopping. In the past I’ve collided with hedges, ditches and a pretty large house while attempting to brake on two wheels.

So it was with some trepidation I agreed to tackle an 130 mile cycle from Workington on the East coast to Roker Beach on the West to try to raise some funds for Grace House in Sunderland. I’m a patron of the centre which provides much needed and excellent care for children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions. 

I was also born and brought up in Northumberland and as a Northern lass the coast to coast route is one I have always fancied doing. I signed up with visions of a gentle ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ style meander around the lakes with tea shops and cosy pubs punctuating the day. It’s not until I check the small print that I realise the trip is only two days long and on day one we will cover 76 miles up and down some massive hills. Definitely more Chris Hoy than Compo.

I start googling online forums and my heart sinks… I should apparently be able to cycle for 10 miles as a base level of fitness before even starting training. 

I doubt I could do ten minutes.

That evening I cobble together a pair of my husbands old cycling shorts and a t shirt and set off down the road full of optimism.

20 minutes later I wobble back bright red, dripping wet and exhausted.

The mileage calculator tells me I have only travelled 2.4 kilometres…. Not even a mile and a half. The children think it’s hilarious. The dog looks genuinely sorry for me.

As I head off for a shower my husband says he could offer me one piece of useful advice. “Those padded shorts” he says…. “before you head off for the lakes you should probably try wearing them the right way around and not inside out if you don’t want everyone laughing at you”. 

The next few weeks are going to be quite a long haul.



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