Comic Con event run by Hartlepool teens raises hundreds of pounds for the hospice

Fundraisers raise cash for hospice. Picture credit Transwarp Photography AKA Brett Cooper.
Fundraisers raise cash for hospice. Picture credit Transwarp Photography AKA Brett Cooper.
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The event, organised by Anthony Layton, Rachel Winwood and Leia Ridden brought together enthusiasts from all around the North East.

Participants appeared dressed as their favourite characters from movies, TV shows, comics, Anime’s and games including; Optimus Prime, Captain Jack Sparrow and Kylo Ren while Lucinda Stott from Channel Five’s 10,000 BC signed autographs.

Organiser Anthony Layton said: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped give towards the total of the day, you are the true heroes here.

“Our amazing traders did a fantastic job making the event as good as it was as well as the cosplayers, photographers, venue staff at the Belle Vue Centre and to Greg Miller for bringing his lightsabers and letting everyone use them!

“We’ve made lots of progress and made a lot of improvements since VueCon 1 last year and it was all for a good cause; in total from both VueCon events and from additional fundraising, VueCon has raised an amazing £722 overall.

“I’m thrilled that the VueCon Admin Team can work together to make a difference and do some good.”

Fellow organiser, Rachel Winwood said the group feels proud to be raising money for local charities: “I feel the day was a huge success and I’m so glad we gained so much attention and that we could put on a good show for kids and grown-ups alike.”

Leia Ridden added: “I’m so proud to see something so simple as a project made by a group of teenagers doing so much good for charity.

“VueCon has brought so many people together, friends have been made and everyone had fun!

“I’m really happy with how things have gone so far and I look forward to perhaps doing it all again soon.”

Hartlepool & District Hospice provides specialist care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year, some of them suffering from cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and parkinson’s disease.

Greg Hildreth, fundraiser at the hospice said: “Support from groups like VueCon make a big difference to the Hospice and the people from the local communities who receive support from our charity when they need it most.

“A big thank you to Anthony, Rachel and Leia and everyone who helped them put on a great event.”