Boost for charities

Back row (left to right) steward of Stranton Social Club Vince Smith with chairman John Whitaker. Middle row (left to right) club members Trish Wood, Marie-Louise Storer with her daughter Lily Tose, Gemma Watts and Chris Watts. Front row (left to right) Mary Tose and community fundraiser for Hartlepool & District Hospice Janice Forbes
Back row (left to right) steward of Stranton Social Club Vince Smith with chairman John Whitaker. Middle row (left to right) club members Trish Wood, Marie-Louise Storer with her daughter Lily Tose, Gemma Watts and Chris Watts. Front row (left to right) Mary Tose and community fundraiser for Hartlepool & District Hospice Janice Forbes

TWO charities are both £500 better off thanks to the fundraising efforts of social club members.

A group of women – including 11-month-old Lily Tose – from the Stranton Social Club, in Stranton, took part in the annual Race for Life event in Hartlepool raising a total of £1,000 in sponsorship.

The money was split between Macmillan Nurses and Hartlepool & District Hospice, which is based in Wells Avenue.

Trish Wood, Marie-Louise Storer and her daughter Lily, Gemma Watts, Chris Watts and Mary Tose were among those taking part in the event.

Mary Tose, who is married to Benny, 67, a retired joiner, said the group was delighted to raise £500 each for two good causes.

The 65-year-old, a keen runner who has taken part in every Race for Life event, said: “We were really pleased to raise a total of £1,000.

“Race for Life is a great event and I take part every year.

“This year was a bit different as we had my granddaughter, Lily, who was nine-months-old at the time, with us as well.”

The youngster was pushed round the 5k women-only event by her mum Marie-Louise.

Mrs Tose, a lunchtime supervisor assistant at St Aidan’s Primary School, in Loyalty Road, ran the course in a time of 36 minutes.

The mum to Andrew, 39, and Graeme, 36, added: “It is always nice to see so many people supporting the Race for Life event.”

Race for Life takes place at Seaton Carew every year with the front transformed into a sea of pink.

This year it was held at the end of June with the money raised by the Stranton Social Club members being handed over to the respective charities recently.