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The Trust’s ‘Local Achievers’ initiative has already rewarded numerous people in the local community by providing them with tickets for a wide range of ‘good citizen’ activities. This scheme will continue and help many fans, including many from disadvantaged parts of society, to see their team at St. James’ Park.

The Trust committee will continue to work with community organisations on a match by match basis to award tickets to ‘local achievers’, as well as inviting nominations from members of NUST.

Do you know someone who is a local achiever? Why don't you nominate them for a trip to St James' Park?

Just email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and your nomination could be enjoying one of Newcastle United's upcoming matches. Please let us know why your nomination deserves match tickets and include your name, email address and phone number and also your nominations' name, email and phone number.

NUST Local Achievers - Toma Fund

Toma-Fund-logo-alternate200Our latest Local Achievers award is in conjunction with the Toma Fund (details at, a north east success story, born out of real tragedy.

Jordan Thompson died five years ago and his parents set up the Toma Fund Children’s Cancer Charity in his memory and now it is also dedicated to the memory of Jordan’s cousin Sophie Atay, who also died of this awful disease.

The TOMA Fund is a charity which supports children, teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.

On behalf of NUST members we asked the Toma Fund for worthy local achievers for the West Brom match this weekend and Ben Murdock and his mam Liz attended the match as our guests.

The Toma Fund are helping Ben and his family as he receives treatment in his fight against the disease and Ben &  Liz were on hand to help cheer on the lads for their fourth successive victory in the Premier League.

Please read on and help in any way you can to assist the Toma Fund in supporting Ben and other young people who find themselves in the position of having to fight cancer.


Newcastle Ravens are NUST Achievers

ravensOn this occasion we have the leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, to thank for the latest 'Local Achievers' to be highlighted by NUST.

We welcome all nominations for our Local Achievers scheme, especially those from Trust members, and life member Mr.Forbes chose two volunteers from Newcastle Ravens Rugby Football Club as the beneficiaries for the Norwich match.

Maurice Martin and Micky Wright were the Trust's guests at the game and here is a write-up by Peter Judd on the valuable work the Ravens do in the community;

Established in May 2006, Newcastle Ravens Rugby Football Club is an inclusive rugby team which welcomes players and supporters from all backgrounds, inclusively. Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne at Novocastrians RFC and our players represent all areas of the North East from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside.

The team was established to encourage gay people to enjoy and participate in the game of rugby and to introduce new and potential players to the sport as well as developing the skills of experienced players. New players (regardless of age, experience or sexual orientation) are welcome throughout the season.

During the seven years that Newcastle Ravens RFC have been going they have demonstrated and proved themselves to be a developing amateur rugby club and have taken part in local friendly games with Northumberland RU members, regional, national and International Tournaments under the auspices of IGRAB, the International Gay Rugby Association and Board where they are full members and also the RFU and Northumberland Rugby Union.

The club has seen a strong and positive change over the last two years which has been demonstrated on and off the field with the team visibly improving in skill, strength and determination giving consistent improved results with enhanced numbers of regular players and supporters this can be clearly seen in the results.

At the beginning of the 2011/2012 Season the "Ravens" would have to borrow players from other clubs in order to get a full 15 on the pitch, although this was and still is appreciated the club's focus is to field a full squad with reserves for each fixture on a regular basis.


Run Geordie Run - Again!

RGRUSA2The latest NUST ‘Local Achiever’ is Mark Allison, AKA ‘Run Geordie Run’.

The more eagle eyed will recall that Mark has been one of our past local achievers but when you read of his next adventure you will see just why he undoubtedly qualifies once again.

Here is a reminder of Mark’s achievements so far;

  • In the Summer of 2007, Mark Allison (AKA Run Geordie Run) ran 874 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End in 37 days raising £34,108 for St Benedict's Hospice (Charity No. 1019410). This Hospice cared for his Mam during her final days battling lung cancer.
  • Continuing to repay the debt of gratitude to the Hospice in May - August 2011, Mark ran from California to New York in 100 days. (Pictured finishing above). This was a distance of 3100 miles and saw him run an average daily mileage of 31 miles raising £105,233 for St Benedict's Hospice and The Children's Foundation.
  • The latest adventure will see Run Geordie begin his journey across Australia from Perth to Sydney on October 16th 2013, arriving on Bondi Beach on December 24th 2013.

All funds raised for the run across Australia are split between The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation (Charity No. 1057213) and The Children's Foundation (Charity No. 1000013) who do wonderful work with children in our region.

We offer our very best wishes to Mark on his latest charity fundraising endeavours and if you would like to help, there are all kinds of weird and wonderful ways that you can give support for such a great cause – simply visit to find out more.

As part of our show of support, the Trust has also paid for two tickets to the Newcastle v Southampton match and Mark has nominated Graham Leslie to attend the match, Graham is one of the many great volunteers who help behind the scenes with ‘Run Geordie Run’.


Start With A Clean Slate

CleanslateThe Trust’s latest Local Achievers’ initiative has seen us team up with Clean Slate Financial Wellbeing Services, a fantastic organisation giving help and support to vulnerable local people.

Clean Slate have nominated ‘Terry’ to receive two tickets for Newcastle’s match against West Brom this weekend courtesy of NUST.

To find out more about Terry’s story and the great work that Clean Slate do, read on.

Clean Slate’s Graham Brewis takes up the story;

I first met Terry at Clean Slate in January 2012, not long after he had successfully completed a programme at Oaktrees Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre, a facility run by Tyneside Cyrenians in Gateshead. This was the first time he had been sober since the tragic death of his wife in 2004 following an 11 week period of diagnosis and unsuccessful treatment for a brain tumour, leaving him with two teenage sons.


Achievers - North East Charity Hits Half A Million Mark

Toma-Fund-logo-alternate200Our latest Local Achievers award is an opportunity for us to join the Toma Fund (details at in celebrating a very special occasion.

In the past week they have reached the £500,000 milestone with their fundraising efforts and it is a north east success story, born out of real tragedy.

Jordan Thompson died five years ago and his parents set up the Toma Fund Children’s Cancer Charity in his memory and now it is also dedicated to the memory of Jordan’s cousin Sophie Atay who recently died of this awful disease.

The TOMA Fund is a charity which supports children, teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.

On behalf of NUST members we have awarded the Toma Fund tickets for the Norwich match this weekend - please read on and help in any way you can.


Follow Up - Wallsend Boys' Club Need Your Help

WBCDo your bit to help Wallsend Boys' Club in continuing to provide the vital youth services they help provide in North Tyneside.

At the minute they are simply asking people to strengthen their case by signing their online petition.

We will shortly bring you news on this website of how you can help them if you would like to donate (*Please note that when you are signing up to the petition you will be asked if you would like to donate but please bear in mind that this donation would help to support that petitions website and NOT Wallsend Boys' Club).

It's also worth bearing in mind that of the NUFC Under 18 starting eleven who recently beat QPR 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup, the following were at Wallsend Boys' Club during part of their formative years before the Academy - Adam Campbell, Dennis Knight and Louis Storey.

Wallsend Boys’ Club were NUST’s most recent ‘Local Achievers’ and received match tickets for the Villa match courtesy of the Trust in recognition of their valuable contribution to youth services in North Tyneside.

The following is an appeal by WBC Chairman Steve Dale

Wallsend Boys’ Club Appeal to Save Our Youth Services

I would like to ask you for your support in helping our campaign to save Wallsend Boys’ Club Youth Services from likely closure.

Wallsend Boys’ Club, which has been on the same site in Station Road Wallsend for almost 50 years, is facing a crisis on 2 fronts that is threatening to end the Club’s Youth Provision work in the community that addresses anti-social behaviours, crime and drug related issues.


NUST Local Achievers Need Your Help - The Wall's End

Walls_End_400Over the past couple of years NUST have regularly worked on joint initiatives with Wallsend Boys Club, an organisation that is about so much more than just kids playing football.

They were the Trust’s latest Local Achievers with two of the key workers from Wallsend Boys Club attending the Aston Villa as our guests, in recognition of their great work within the local community.

Unfortunately, Wallsend Boys Club are now more desperate than ever for your help after disaster struck their headquarters, we’ll let Wallsend Chairman, Steve Dale, take up the story.....

The Wall’s End

How ironic that the collapse of a wall should herald the closure of our premises at Station Road – a real Wall’s End!

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