DOZENS of charities could benefit from a weekly car boot sale that attracts up to 1,000 people.
The Mayfair Centre, in Seaton Carew, has been holding its car boot sale since May last year and scores of visitors have been flocking to the event from across the region.
It usually costs £7 to run a stall, but an offer is being extended to local charities who want to raise money by setting up stall in aid of their causes.
The car boot sale takes place on the driving range at the centre.
The Mayfair’s golf professional Kevin Gow said: “The car boot sale has been very popular. Everyone in Hartlepool had been shouting out for it for a while.
“We are now offering free stalls for any charity if anyone wants to come in and set up a stall.
“It’s nice that we can help to boost local charities. Last year we had a few charities selling, through word of mouth.
“Now, it’s time to get more charities involved.”
Mr Gow said it has never been more important to help worthy causes with many struggling in harsh economic times.
He said mental health charity Hartlepool MIND, which is facing a funding crisis as reported by the Mail, has already taken advantage of the offer.
Other organisations include animal charity PDSA and Hartlepool Families First’s Street project, as well as Hartlepool Community Choir.
The centre can host up to 50 stalls indoors during winter and hundreds outside during the summer.
Anyone interested just needs a registered charity number and proof they are fundraising for the cause.
The car boot sale runs every Sunday at the centre, in Tees Road, Seaton Carew.
It opens at 9am to stall-holders and 10am for the public and runs until 12.30pm. For more information call (01429) 864511.