£13k boost for local causes

(left to right) Julie Carter and Pat Allison (Hartlepool special needs group) Ian Musgrave, Sandra Groom, Paula Jenkins (Hereema) Peter Gardner (BP) Debbie Bryan, Barbara Harrison and Bernd Reichert (North Tees Neo Natal Unit) . Picture by FRANK REID
(left to right) Julie Carter and Pat Allison (Hartlepool special needs group) Ian Musgrave, Sandra Groom, Paula Jenkins (Hereema) Peter Gardner (BP) Debbie Bryan, Barbara Harrison and Bernd Reichert (North Tees Neo Natal Unit) . Picture by FRANK REID
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TWO worthy causes have received early Christmas presents after a prominent Hartlepool business gave out £13,000 in donations.

Hartlepool offshore fabrication yard Heerema presented £3,000 to Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group (HSNSG).

The generous firm also made a £10,000 donation to the region’s specialist neonatal unit for sick and premature babies.

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, based in the town’s Park Road, will use the windfall toward equipment so members of its drama group can perform on stage at venues.

Group manager, Pat Allison, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the donation.

“We will put it towards equipment for some of our young performers to access stages safely.

“The children and young people get a lot out of the drama group, which is just one of several that we run.

“If someone as kind as Heerema decide to support us we are delighted.

“We really appreciate what they do for us and it means it is helping local people.”

Heerema has previously given the disabled support group thousands of pounds towards their running costs, activities, and internet access.”

Grateful staff from the neonatal unit, at the University Hospital of North Tees, also attended the presentation at Heerema’s Greenland Road site.

The 22-bed unit provides intensive, high dependency and special care for poorly newborn and premature babies to families, including those from Hartlepool and East Durham.

Barbara Harrison, from the unit, said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Heerema for this very kind donation.

“We plan to use the money to update our cerebral function monitor which monitors babies brain patterns.

“So many babies will benefit from this in the future, we can’t begin to say how grateful we are.”

The donations awarded by Heerema was raised through a company scheme for meeting safety targets in connection with the BP Andrew project – the creation of a 750 ton offshore process module.