Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Apostleship of the Sea



The Bernie O’Donnell Memorial Annual Charity Dance


Deacon Peter Barrigan, Apostleship of the Sea Port Chaplain for Tees and Hartlepool, receives a cheque for £1,600 from the ladies of St. Bernadette’s parish, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, who organised this year’s charity social.

The fundraiser has been organised annually by the parish for several years and, in addition to it’s main aim of raising funds for charities, also acts as a memorial to Bernie O’Donnell, the lady who worked so hard to initially establish the event. Over the years, thousands of pounds have been raised for local, and locally connected charities.

Held at the Marton Hotel & Country Club on the evening of Friday 3rd February, there was the usual excellent level of support with people from many different parishes in attendance. They were entertained with music from a group, a solo singer, Irish dancing, Line dancing, and performances of both ballet and Spanish dance. The usual, raffle, tombola and bingo also added to the occasion.

The Apostleship of the Sea is the Catholic Ministry to seafarers which provides practical, pastoral and spiritual support to foreign seafarers visiting our ports, many of whom are Catholic.

The second charity to benefit this year and which received a cheque for the same amount was CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young); this is a UK Charity dedicated to preventing sudden young cardiac deaths through raising awareness, funding medical research, operating a national screening programme and providing support to affected families.

The organisers have expressed sincere thanks to all who supported the event in any way, including all who donated prizes, and the entertainers who gave their services for free.


For more information on these charities, please visit their websites; Apostleship of the Sea and Cardiac Risk in the Young.