Club raises £1,400 to help heroes

Christine Brigham pictured with Sgt Norman Wright and (left to right) 'The Hobbies' band members Mark Leonard, Al Robinson, John Knox, Kev Mc Carthy, Kevin Leonard, Paul Irvin and Tom Hind of the Smallcrafts Club.
Christine Brigham pictured with Sgt Norman Wright and (left to right) 'The Hobbies' band members Mark Leonard, Al Robinson, John Knox, Kev Mc Carthy, Kevin Leonard, Paul Irvin and Tom Hind of the Smallcrafts Club.
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A TOWN club was packed to the rafters as generous fundraisers showed their support for brave soldiers.

Dozens of people crammed into the Smallcrafts Club, in Hartlepool’s Commercial Street, for a night of entertainment and to raise money for charity.

The evening was hailed a success and raised more than £1,400 for Help the Heroes.

A charity representative visited the club to pick up the cheque and thanked everyone involved for their “fantastic efforts”.

Organisers were delighted to raise as much as they did and said they are looking at organising a number of other events in the future.

Christine Brigham, 59, bar manager in the club, who organised the event, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic evening.

“Everybody was brilliant and for a little club like this to raise as much money as we did is just superb.”

Local band The Hobbies provided the entertainment on the evening.

Residents donated and raised £1,230 on the evening, with the coffers were boosted even more after a kind £173 donation from Peterlee manufacturing company Caterpillar, resulting in a total of £1,403.

Christine added: “I would like to thank everybody who played their part, everyone seemed to have a really good time.

“I would also like to thank Mike Craddy of Hartlepool RNLI who put a lot of time and effort in and Debbie Stansil who helped to organise the event.

“It was also extremely kind of Caterpillar to help us out.”

Sergeant Norman Wright, of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, added: “We are extremely grateful for the fantastic efforts and money raised.

“This is the support we need and all of the money goes to the right people.

“We would like to say a big thanks to everyone involved with the fundraising evening.”