A tiring success

Fundraisers pictured with their 'Stay Awake' certificates following the event that was held at the Phoenix Centre.
Fundraisers pictured with their 'Stay Awake' certificates following the event that was held at the Phoenix Centre.

YOUNGSTERS battled their tired eyes for a night without sleep to raise money for a youth group.

Members of The Central Correctors, based in the Phoenix Centre on Hartlepool’s Central Estate, took part in the tiring ordeal last weekend.

The youngsters enjoyed cake decorating, games of pool, crafts and played on their computers to help them stay awake all night.

Project leaders don’t have an exact amount of how much was raised but think it could top £1,000.

Charlene Twidale, who launched the Central Correctors back in 2008, said the night was a huge success.

Charlene, 36, a mum-of-three who lives on the Central Estate and is married to Christopher, 35, said: “The members all really enjoyed themselves.

“We had activities going on all night, it went quite fast actually.”

The group organised the stay-awake to raise money to help fund their projects.

They held a similar event last year and managed to raise £600.

“We are still waiting to find out the exact amount but £1,000 would be absolutely fantastic,” said Charlene.

“We are going to collect it all in and have a count up in the next couple of weeks.

“The members raise a lot of the money for the group themselves so this sort of thing is a huge help.

“There were some tired eyes by the end of the night, but there was a really nice atmosphere. Everyone kept each other going.”

The Central Correctors was launched to give youngsters on the estate something to do in their spare team.

Members, aged nine and over, meet each week and also enjoy residential trips and parties.

Charlene added: “The youngsters seem to really enjoy coming along to the group, that’s the main thing.

“It’s fantastic for them to enjoy activities in their spare time and it keeps them busy.”