£6k boom time for charities

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond with (left to right) Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, Phill Collings, and Louise Clements, of Sirius North East, and Carol Sennett, of Harlepool & District Hospice
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond with (left to right) Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, Phill Collings, and Louise Clements, of Sirius North East, and Carol Sennett, of Harlepool & District Hospice
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TWO charities are more than £3,000 better off thanks to the demolition of the landmark Steetley chimney.

A total of £6,075.66 was raised after the 230ft structure, at the former chemical works site, in Old Cemetery Road, Hartlepool, was flattened with the prize of pushing the button raffled off.

The money has been split between Hartlepool RNLI and the Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Representatives from both charities and contractors Sirius North East met with Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond at his office in the Civic Centre to receive the donation.

The final amount was raised from raffle ticket sales, company donations and change collected on the day of the blast.

It means each charity will bank £3,037.83.

Thousands of people across Hartlepool and East Durham witnessed the demolition of the famous landmark at the end of July.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “This is a fantastic result for the hospice.

“It was great to be part of such a memorable day for the whole town.

“I would like to say a huge thanks to everybody that brought tickets, Sirius, Hartlepool RNLI, Hartlepool Borough Council and the Hartlepool Mail for the support and all the outlets that helped sell tickets.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and the money will go towards providing care.”

Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, said: “We are very grateful for the generosity shown by the people of Hartlepool.

“The RNLI is funded by donations and this money will help volunteer lifeboat crew members continue to save lives at sea.”

Mayor Drummond said: “I am delighted with how it has gone and the money has gone to two very worthy causes.

“It is a shame that we have lost a significant landmark in town, but it is a positive sign of progress with the site.”

The demolition, which lasted a matter of seconds, could be seen from miles around.

Eight-year-old Jamie Brown, a pupil at Kingsley Primary School, in Taybrooke Avenue, was given the honour of pushing the button after his granddad Dave Fricker, 47, won the raffle.

It was demolished as part of ongoing work to clear the site.

The controversial site, plagued by arsonists and trespassers in recent years, is being cleared five years after the Hartlepool Mail launched a campaign to get the area made safe.

Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings, and they oversaw the demolition work.

Phill Collings, remediation director for Sirius North East, said: “It has been a fantastic event to have been part of and we thoroughly enjoyed doing it.

“The blast raised a fantastic amount and I am very grateful to everybody that contributed.

“The demolition went very well and work is progressing well on the site and will be continuing for the rest of the year.”