St Peter's News

Days out for veterans funded by the Armed Forces Covenant

September 30, 2020

Tony Hammond secured funding from the Armed Forces Covenant to arrange some activities for the tenants of St Peters Court and Hollyacre Centre. The Armed Forces Covenant’s funding has been greatly appreciated by all the tenants and staff.

Horse riding was recommended to combat mental health and all tenants who attended agreed. Penshaw Equestrian Centre was chosen as the venue. Tenants  were given a basic introduction into grooming and horse care, and shown how to put on a saddle on the horse.

Tenants were given the opportunity to spend the day in Edinburgh, touring the city and visiting the castle, they explored the grounds and heard tales of its time as a military fortress, royal residence and prison of war. When climbing the hill they walked in the  footsteps of soldiers before them, kings and queens and the odd pirate or two.

Another successful stay at Kielder with the Calvert Trust, this is a popular choice with St Peters tenants,  we have taken tenants here for many years.  The tenants got to take part in various challenging experiences and challenges, all within the beautiful Kielder Water and Forest Park. Tenants enjoyed activities such as archery, axe throwing and Kielder zip coaster, as seen in the photos below.


Hollyacre's Family Unit opened in honour of Nathan Cuthbertson

October 03, 2019

Mr and Mrs Cuthbertson donated funds to the Family Unit in honour of their son Nathan Cuthbertson. Nathan was serving in Afghanistan in June 2008, when he was killed in a suicide bomb attack at just 19 years old.

They have been a huge support to the Project during the years and we would like to thank them for the continued support. 


Alongside the Project Manager Tony Hammond is Kevan Jones MP who has also been involved with SHAID since the  opening of St Peters Court in 2011. We would like to take this opportunity to also Thank Kevan Jones MP for supporting the Project's work throughout the years.

Hollyacre Centre opens it doors

October 03, 2019

Shaid’s new Project Hollyacre Centre was officially opened by Kevan Jones MP and Shaid’s Patron Author Terry Deary. Shaid Trustees are excited for the future of the organisation’s new Project. The trustees are extremely proud of the organisation’s staff member’s hard work, without the staff members dedication to the organisation, this excellent new Project would not have been possible.

Shaid’s Trustees, veterans, staff & management would also like to take this opportunity to Thank the following organisations for attending the opening of Shaid’s new Project:

Durham County Council & AAP Chester le Street, Durham University, ABF Soldiers Charity, Sir James Knott Trust, Grundfos, Santander, Hanro Group, Durham Army Reserve Unit, Land Aid, The Royal British Legion, Libor Fund, Sunderland / Durham SAFC Foundation of Light young people and staff, RAF Benevolent Fund, Armed Forces Covenant, Santander, Screw Fix, Durham and Sunderland Free Mason, Grand Conclave Order of the Secret Monitor Benevolent Fund, Sport of England, Newcastle Toon Legends, Catherine Cookson Trust and The Beatrice Laing Trust.

Shaid have always encouraged community involvement, the management would like to Thank the local Catering Company Bespoke, for providing their excellent food and service.

A kind donation from The Order of the Secret Monitor

July 01, 2019

We have been thankful to receive a huge amount of support from the  Sunderland Freemason’s, they  have secured us some funding through the Match Funding Programme, Province of Durham. The Grand  Conclave—Order of the Secret Monitor Benevolent Fund were very generous with a donation of £1,000 towards the refurbishment of Hollyacre Centre. This support is much appreciated by the Management, Staff and Veterans of SHAID, St Peters Court.

This support has came at the perfect time as the launch of Hollyacre Centre is imminent.

Durham University's Staff return to Hollyacre again to volunteer

April 24, 2019

We have been lucky to receive a huge amount of support from the staff at Durham University, once again they visited Hollyacre to volunteer, this time they got involved with the gardening and painting. We are very grateful for the dedicated support from the staff at  Durham University.

Huge Thank You to the Hanro Group

May 17, 2018

We would like to take this opportunity to Thank the Hanro Group for their dedicated  support with the on going refurbishment of Hollyacre Centre, which, once opened will house 15 tenants including a family.

The Hanro Group supplied plumbers, joiners and staff who volunteered their time to help out with the painting of the flats.

We are very grateful with the huge support we have received.

Grundfos Company lend a helping hand

November 21, 2018

The Management, staff and tenants would like to say a massive Thank You to Grundfos Company.

Over the past few months they have supported the Project hugely. They have donated childrens furniture, which was assembled in a staff team building exercise. This furniture has furnished a room in the family unit in our ongoing refurbishment at Hollyacre Centre.

Over the course of the summer months the staff visited both Projects and carried out gardening work such as weeding, clearing up the allotment area, as well as painting the seating and decking area.

The tenants are very happy with all the efforts made by the Grundfos staff and would like to thank them for their dedication and commitment to making their home feel more comfortable.

Charities share nearly £30,000 raised through Durham University Community Fund

November 07, 2018

The money represents the first pay out from the Durham University Community Fund (DUCF), which was launched in October 2017, supported by County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF), to provide grants to charities and non-profit organisations that University staff and students already support through volunteering.

St Peters Court were one of the lucky charities to benefit from this fund which is donated by the University staff, either made through payroll giving or raised through fundraising events, and was complemented by contributions from the University and CDCF, which manages the Fund.

Each charity received £2,171.60, an equal share of the £28,230.84 total raised, and were invited to a celebration event hosted by the University at Durham Castle.

St Peters Court will use the money to refurbish our supported accommodation for former armed services personnel in Sacriston. Project Manager Tony Hammond said: “We are over the moon. We have always had a good relationship with the University and this cements that.”

Tenants Venture to the Lake District

February 19, 2018

The tenants from St Peters Court past and present were given the opportunity again this year to visit Kielder in the Lake District with the support of the Calvert Trust.

During their stay they had the opportunity to carry out activities such as archery, canoeing, clay pigeon shooting, rock climbing and abseiling.

These trips away give the tenants chance to relax, bond and importantly have some fun! Tenants attend these days away for many reasons, to challenge their physical abilities, but mainly and more importantly a lot of positive feedback comes from individuals  who suffer with mental health issues.


As well as enjoying the programme that in available at Keilder, tenants enjoy the beautiful surroundings the good hospitality provided by the  Calvert Trust Staff.

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