Boost for meningitis fight

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A CHARITY day staged by a Hartlepool dad to help fight meningitis raised more than £300.

Jimmy Hepple organised the football-themed fundraiser at Hartlepool Rugby Football Club on Easington Road.

It included a fun World Cup-themed five-a-side football competition followed by live music and raffle in the club house.

The winner of the football tournament was a side representing the Ivory Coast, which beat the Faroe Islands on penalties.

The day raised £331.37 for Meningitis UK, which is working to find a vaccine for the potentially deadly bug.

Electrician Jimmy, 26, was inspired to help after his son James, aged eight, successfully fought off the disease two years ago.

He said: “A fantastic day was had by all.”

Local businesses donated prizes for the raffle.