Boost for ambulance charity

Pictured left to right, Anthony Ferguson, Vela, Zoe Lambert, Vela, resident Norma Pearson 'Tristar Tim', Rubie Lee, Vela, and Hayden Chappel, project manager for Wates.
Pictured left to right, Anthony Ferguson, Vela, Zoe Lambert, Vela, resident Norma Pearson 'Tristar Tim', Rubie Lee, Vela, and Hayden Chappel, project manager for Wates.

KIND-HEARTED members of a neighbourhood club raised £500 for the air ambulance at their summer fete.

The generous women who make up the Kennedy Gardens’ Tuesday Club, in Billingham, boosted the coffers of the Great North Air Ambulance at the annual event.

A tombola and the sale of a selection of home-made treats helped to raise the cash while staff from organisations including Tristar, Wates and Blake Hopkinson were all on hand to wash cars in exchange for a donation to the charity.

The high-rise flats in Kennedy Gardens are owned by Tristar, which is part of the Vela Group, and are due to receive a multi-million pound renovation.

Norma Pearson, a resident at Kennedy Gardens and a member of the Tuesday club, said: “We had a fantastic day and by working together we managed to raise much-needed funds for the Great North Air Ambulance.

“We are delighted that Tristar, along with Wates and Blake Hopkinson, were able to help out and make the day a success.”

Nicola Turner, Vela’s head of property services added: “As Tristar is a key part of the community, we work actively with our customers and residents’ groups to identify any opportunities to come together and make a real difference.

“The day also gave us the opportunity to further communicate with a number of customers living at Kennedy Gardens about the future improvement works which will bring a new lease of life to the apartments and the surrounding area.”