Friday, 28 November 2014

Who is FRED? You decided. And the winner is...

The "Who is FRED?" school art competition to determine a life size mascot for the Friends of Redcar (FRED) is over.  

We thank our 200+ entrants from Coatham and St. Benedict's schools for their fabulous artwork. FRED short listed entries down to the final five and left the decision to our social media friends. - ( See more at:

And you have decided.

We had hoped to have the mascot ready for Christmas but as this seems unlikely now we shall reveal the costume in May when we plan our beach sand competition and the "Kick off the Summer" event.

And now for that all important decision. So in reverse order -

5th place Ryan Miland St. Benedicts

4th place Caitlin (?) Coatham Primary

3rd place Leon Dodgson St. Benedicts

2nd place Tye Addison Coatham Primary


Congratulations to Aleesha. We shall be visiting soon with your prize and prizes for all our runners up and the participating schools. More on this soon.

We are very happy for the seahorse to be our mascot because it positively promotes our home "Redcar" and is unique to our town. 

Thank you to all who participated and voted and watch out for FRED coming to a beach near you!

Breakdown of the vote

Thursday, 20 November 2014

FREDs Boxing Day Dip Challenge


We did it!

FRED, Zetland Pride, Redcar Blog and Anna Turley set out to raise £1000 for Redcar Area Foodbank by taking part in December's Boxing Day dip and on 10th February 2015 issued manager Ruth Fox a cheque for £1214

Through the initiative of Neil Baldwin of Zetland Pride the volunteers set out to help local people struggling to provide for themselves and their families last Christmas. The amount was achieved with the help of Coatham School who raised money for the foodbank through their "Wear a Christmas Jumper To School" day.

Carl Quartermain Chairman of FRED would like to thank all those who contributed donations to the effort and to the dippers:

Neil Baldwin, Olwyn Paschalis Young, Alec Brown, Anna Turley, Ja Reed , Leah Quartermain, Vicky Rae, Mark Skidmore, Carl Quartermain, David Wimble and Vanessa Quartermain who was supporting MIND and Clare Robson (Care4cats)

FRED are always active and working hard to create 'better' for Redcar. We are physically working on creating a better environment to improve attractiveness, strengthen the local economy and increase the quality of life of our community. Join our 200+ members. Contact us here or email or call 07966985444

There was around 300 dippers in Redcar and it was COLD COLD COLD but we are warmed in the knowledge that many families will benefit in these harsh times.

More pictures of the day here

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wish Tokens for FRED

Dear Friends,

Do you get the Gazette? Do you know people who do?

We have received some very kind and heart-warming donations for Wish Tokens and are looking for more.
If you're not already collecting for a group and can you help our efforts to the benefits of Redcar please send us your Wish Tokens? You can send or drop in the tokens to the following addresses;
27, Yew Tree Avenue Redcar TS10 4QD
Suite 203, The Innovation Centre, Vienna Court, Kirkleatham Business Park, Redcar TS10 5SH
or drop off them off at -
Roseberry Square Library,
Roseberry Square ASDA
Anna Turley's office at 10 Milbank Terrace Redcar
Collect them for us and we'll pick them up when the scheme ends
Finally if you have a business and can create a collection point for us we'll be very grateful.

Thank you for all your support.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Friends of Redcar BEACH ACTION GROUP Nov 2nd

A beautiful morning in November saw FRED meet with 35 Friends of Redcar taking great care of the beach we all love. 

This morning we collected 60+ bags with support from residents, visitors, SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE and local business SEABREEZE fish and chip shop from Coatham.

These great volunteers who range from all ages and from all walks of life, all have one thing in common: To rid Redcar of the scurge of litter and rubbish that finds it's way to the beach so that more families can enjoy the fabulous beach we have.

FRED has just had a great boost of £3000 from the Philanthropic Society and £1,150 from Community First. We would like to say a big thank you to them both. This funding will go towards our bid to host a sandcastle competition in May next year. 

So in that case we'll need to keep our beach clean and safe for the kids to enjoy next year and so more community events can take place.


This is just some of the 50 metres of rope, string and fishing lines we found on the beach this morning. Other notable objects where cotton buds, glass and plastic bags.

Cheers everyone. Once again you were fantastic.