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A STRUGGLING mental health charity will be one of the worthy causes set to benefit when a funeral service hosts a chartity coffee morning this weekend.

Mason and Gerald Martin Funeral Directors, in Park Road, will host the event this Saturday at the Salvation Army premises, also in Park Road.

The coffee morning will run from 10-noon and the aim is to raise funds for the Park Road-based Artium, a community studio which helps people suffering from mental health issues.

The Mail reported last month that the facility was struggling after its funding was cut by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Also benefitting from the event will be the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The national charity supports people from the debilitating neurological condition.

Both causes are Mason and Gerald Martin’s nominated charities for 2012.

During the event there will be raffles and cake stalls and all the family are invited to take part while raising money for two such worthy causes.

Funeral director Gerald Martin said: “Artrium is important to people in Hartlepool and we are trying to support local people, which we have done for many years.

“The Motor Neurone Disease Association may be a national charity but local people will have recieved support from this charity as well.

“If we can do some good to help local people and make their lives a little bit easier then events like this are vital.”

Artrium and the Motor Neurone Disease Association join a long line of organisations who have been boosted by Mason and Gerald Martin over the years.

Previous beneficiaries include Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, the Billingham-based Cat Orphanage, and the Sadberge-based Dogs Trust.