Businesses step in to sell chimney blast tickets

Mayor Stuart Drummond with Carol Sennett from Hartlepool and District Hospice, Phil Collings from contractor Sirius and Malcolm Wallis from Hartlepool RNLI

Mayor Stuart Drummond with Carol Sennett from Hartlepool and District Hospice, Phil Collings from contractor Sirius and Malcolm Wallis from Hartlepool RNLI

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MORE businesses have come forward to help sell tickets for an innovative fundraising scheme to blow up a landmark chimney in aid of two good causes.

The Steetley chimney, which is visible across the Hartlepool skyline, is set to be razed to the ground as part of the ongoing work to clear the former chemical site.

The prize of pushing the button is being raffled off in a bid to raise funds for Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Now the Mill House Inn, in Rium Terrace, and ABC Safety Services, in Hutton Avenue, have joined the list of town firms selling tickets.

Tickets are also available from Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue, hospice shops in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Northgate, Wynyard Road, Raby Road and Encore, in York Road.

Other businesses selling tickets include Towers hair salon, in Tower Street, the Nursery Inn, in Hopps Street, and The Studio, in Tower Street.

Around 300 tickets have been sold since they went on sale last weekend.

Steetley Chimney Blast tickets cost £1 and the structure is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, July 29.

The controversial site, plagued by arsonists and trespassers in recent years, is being cleared five years after the Hartlepool Mail launched a campaign to get the area made safe.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond nominated the charities and will draw the winning ticket on Wednesday, July 18.

The winning ticket holder gets to press the button and also wins an iPad.

Second prize is a sea fishing trip for four adults and six children and third prize is a luxury weekend break for two.

Fourth prize is a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.

Plus there are plenty of other prizes available.

Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the Steetley site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings.

The RNLI and Sirius North East are also selling tickets.

Any business interested in selling raffle tickets should call the hospice on (01429) 855529.