A hearty boost for campaign

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THE figure raised for charity by a football penalty shoot-out has been revealed.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) challenge during the interval of Hartlepool United’s recent match at Rochdale raised nearly £250 towards the charity’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

Event organiser Vinny Suggitt has now said: “Over 3,000 football fans came out to support the great work being done by the nation’s heart charity.

“I’m pleased that the match raised £250, allowing us to sponsor hope for all those affected by heart disease.

“With a final score of Rochdale 1, Hartlepool 3 and a penalty shoot-out at half time between the BHF’s Mr Hearty and Rochdale’s mascot Desmond, both fans and players had a great day.”

Heart Towns is an initiative from the nation’s heart charity that brings communities together through local fundraising and volunteering.

Hartlepool was the first community in the north of England to become a Heart Town.