Boost for heroes

Fundraiser Doreen Swalwell pictured with Homeless Heroes representatives(left to right) Richie Fox, Leon Hughes and Keith Hopkins.
Fundraiser Doreen Swalwell pictured with Homeless Heroes representatives(left to right) Richie Fox, Leon Hughes and Keith Hopkins.

A GENEROUS resident has raised £120 to support homeless armed forces heroes.

Doreen Swalwell, 71, organised a raffle at Heronspool Close Community Centre, on Hartlepool’s Central Estate, where she is a regular visitor.

The retired barmaid and sales assistant was delighted to raise the amount, which she donated to Homeless Heroes.

The charity works to get ex-members of the armed forces off the streets and into accommodation.

Doreen became aware of the charity and their campaigns when she was talking to one of their volunteers who was selling wristbands in the town.

She says the conversation inspired her to try and help their cause.

Doreen featured in the Mail earlier this year when she raised £144 with a similar raffle.

And now the kind-hearted mum-of-four and grandmother-of-14 is at it again.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to raise another £120 for the charity,” said Doreen, who lives on the Central Estate with husband, Stanley, 84.

“Everyone at the centre and my neighbours were very generous.

“When I organised another raffle earlier this year I had no idea I would raise as much as I did, but when it proved successful I decided straight away I was going to do another one.

“The men and women who go to war are so brave and I think we need to do everything we can to help them while they are serving and when they are finished.

“The work this charity does is absolutely fantastic.”

Doreen says her fundraising days are far from over and is already planning her next scheme to boost the charity’s coffers.

She added: “I am definitely going to do something this Christmas.

“I’m not sure exactly what yet, but we will decide in the next month.

“People were so kind and helpful and I would like to thank everyone who donated.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to hand the money over to the charity.”