KIND-HEARTED supermarket customers and talented students are doing their bit to help adults and children who will spend Christmas in a refuge.
Harbour Hartlepool Refuge takes in people who have sadly been subject to violent, threatening or abusive domestic behaviour.
But generous staff and customers at a Sainsbury’s store and musical students at Hartlepool Sixth Form College are doing their best to raise spirits.
Dozens of clothes, toys and other goods have so far been donated to Sainsbury’s Middle Warren, in Bishop Cuthbert, as the store runs its annual collection.
The choir at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in the town’s Blakelock Road, spent the day busking on the cobbles of York, and their efforts raised an impressive £74 for the cause.
The students involved have been praised for their efforts in busking and raising money for Harbour.
Adrienne Grimes, head of music at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “The students had a fantastic day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“Performing live gives them real life experience and is a fun way of developing their talent.
“They were very proud to raise the amount they did.”
Supermarket bosses have praised the generous customers who have supported their appeal as the store already has more than a trolley full of gifts.
Katie Lisle, charity co-ordinator at the store, said: “We ran this scheme last year and it was a huge success.
“This year we are hoping it will prove even more successful and so far, so good.
“We have received plenty of donations and would like to say a big thanks to everyone who has brought gifts to us so far.
“It can make a real difference.”
There is still time for people to do their bit in support of the refuge.
Sainsbury’s is taking donations until next Friday, December 23, after which it will send the gifts to Harbour.
The store also has a Christmas tree at the front of the store giving people the chance to donate and place remembrance baubles in support of Hartlepool Young Carers.
Katie added: “I would like to thank Whelley Hill Farm, near Hart Village.
“They were kind enough to donate the tree to us and it has proved very popular.”