Individual and team fundraising events and challenges form a key part of raising funds and the profile of the Brigade.

Whether it be your own challenge or taking part in the Great North Run, we rely on events like these to raise the vital funds we need to keep operational and ensure our Watch House Museum can remain open and receive the care and maintenance it needs.

The team raising awareness of water safety at Newcastle Quayside

You may have your own ideas, but some recent events that members of the public and our team members have completed include:

  • The Great North Run, London Marathon & Manchester Marathon
  • 4x4x48 Challenge – running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours
  • King Eddies Stairs Challenge – a relay run at King Edward’s Bay incorporating the notorious middle stairs
  • Dry January
  • 1864 Challenge – where our members set out to walk/run a combined total of 1,864 miles during a single month (and ended up doing over 2,000 miles and shedding a few pounds too!)
  • Raffles and tombolas at work or in the local community
  • Street collections – these require a licence to take place so please speak to us if you would like to support or organise a collection
  • Snookerathon – making use of the Snooker table in our Watch House museum and playing continuously for 24 hours
  • The Great Brigade Potato Growing Competition – challenge yourself to grow the 3 biggest potatoes you can and pit yourself against the Brigade’s Potato-growing champion – this annual event starts in spring with a weigh-in held during early October
The King Eddies stairs challenge raises funds for the TVLB

If you would like to organise an event, please contact and we will be delighted to offer you our support and help.

JustGiving is the format the Brigade uses for online donations and is a great site to co-ordinate your fundraising campaign. To find out more or to set up a page dedicated to your specific event please visit:

A raffle in the sunshine overlooking Sharpness Point

Annual events such as the Stairs Challenge, Tynemouth Street Collections during the second weekend of September, and the Potato Growing Competition, are organised with the help of the Brigade – if you would like to take part in any of these then please contact us via the enquiries e-mail address.