27 Jul Diamonds are our best friend
GEMS store Northern Godsmiths raised £10,000 for needy children at its star-studded reopening.
Northern Goldsmiths hosted a VIP party the mark the end of the £1m refurbishment to restore and refresh the listed Newcastle property, on the corner of Pilgrim Street and Blackett Street.
Special guests included North East TV presenter and actor Robson Green, former Steps singer Faye Tozer, and ex-Newcastle United star Lee Clark.
Concluding the evening, which included a gallery showcase of archive pictures dating back to the business’s opening in 1892, a silent auction was held in aid of The Chronicle Sunshine Fund.
The only lot was a diamond pendant, but when the highest bid was matched by two guests a second identical pendant was donated by the Goldsmiths’ team.
All funds will help the charity provide specialist life-changing equipment for disabled children throughout the region.
Clare Savory, Sunshine Fund events manager, said: ”We were delighted to be the nominated charity for the Goldsmith launch. It was a fantastic evening.
“The money raised will be supporting children with disabilities in the North East.
“Congratulation to the two successful winners, it really was a beautiful necklace.”
The event also featured a champagne reception and live jazz band, with The Lakes Distillery and Fentimans providing cocktails and soft drinks, and Terry Laybourne’s 21 Hospitality Group offering canapés.
Craig Bolton, executive brand director for Goldsmiths, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we discovered there was a draw in the silent auction and we didn’t want to let the opportunity slip to raise such a fantastic total for our chosen charity, which gives so much back to our community in the North East.”
He added: “Northern Goldsmiths has long been a part of family life in Newcastle – whether it’s a proposal under the golden ‘kissing clock’, an heirloom handed down or a gift, there is always a connection to be found.
“We’ve loved hearing all about our customers’ experiences and memories of the store, and sharing our stories with them.”