Community event helps raise £540

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AN open day held as way of commemorating two major landmarks has helped raise a total of £540 for two charities.

In order to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, residents in the Rossmere area of Hartlepool organised the open day.

It was held at the weekend to remember the brave men and women who fought in the two world wars.

The event was held inside the Rossmere Community Building, in Rossmere Way. The day was arranged by Rossmere Residents’ Group, helped by Rossmere Friday Club and other friends from the Rossmere community.

All proceeds from the day have been shared between the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Tom Stewart, one of the organisers of the event, said: “It was a hugely successful event with everyone who came enjoying the various activities on offer and the impressive display of war memorabilia.

“Everyone really got into the spirit of the day with some people dressing up and World War One music and songs being played to add to the atmosphere.

“At the recent residents group event we raised £540 for the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

“Nigel Stevens, representing Help for Heroes in this area, called in to a Residents Group coffee morning to collect their cheque for £270.

“It was a very pleasant and interesting visit and he talked to the group about the history behind Help for Heroes and the work they carry out.” There was lots for everyone to enjoy including refreshments, crafts, cakes and raffles.