Charity fun day

Pictured taking part in the football event run by the Play with Football not with Fire scheme are local youngsters(left to right) Matthew Atkinson, Colin Twidale and Kerriann Atkinson who are pictured with Stu Simpson and Bary Whitton(right) of Cleveland Fire Brigade.
Pictured taking part in the football event run by the Play with Football not with Fire scheme are local youngsters(left to right) Matthew Atkinson, Colin Twidale and Kerriann Atkinson who are pictured with Stu Simpson and Bary Whitton(right) of Cleveland Fire Brigade.

CRIMEFIGHTING youngsters organised an action-packed fun day and raised more than £200 for charity.

Members of the Neighbourhoodies, a group of youngsters for the town who aim to cut out anti-social behaviour, decided they wanted to hold a number of events to support charities.

The Phoenix Centre Neighbourhoodies were first up and held their fundraising event at the centre, in Hindpool Close, Hartlepool.

Scores of people enjoyed dance workshops and face painting, tried their hand in the raffle and even got the chance to have a game of five-a-side football on a portable pitch.

The event was a success and raised £216 which will be split between the Hartlepool and District Hospice and the Hartlepool RNLI.

The Neighbourhoodies were set up last year by local police and they aim to improve the area by taking a positive approach.

Gary Liddell, a Hartlepool police community support officer (PCSO), works closely with the Neighbourhoodies throughout the town.

He said: “The event went very well.

“About a dozen of the Neighbourhoodies from the Phoenix Centre organised this themselves.

“It was their idea and it was them that planned the whole event.

“It did begin to rain at one point which we weren’t too pleased about but not even that spoiled the day.

“It really was a success.”

Gary said a number of charities have visited the Neighbourhoodies and they decided they would like to raise money for both the Hartlepool Hospice and the local branch of the RNLI.

A spokesman for the Hartlepool RNLI said: “We really do appreciate kind donations such as this one.

“It was a fantastic effort by the youngsters and the money raised will go towards saving lives at sea.”

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool and District Hospice, said: “It’s always a pleasure to go to Neighbourhoodies’ meetings and hear all about their great fundraising ideas, so we were thrilled to hear they had held another event for us.

“All of the young people have done a great job and we really value their support.

“The money they have raised for us will go directly to the patient care services we provide.

“A huge thank you and well done to everyone involved in the group.”

Other Neighbourhoody groups throughout Hartlepool are busy planning their own fundraising events which will take place in the coming months.