Community groups get Christmas gifts

MKM staff Lee Dees (2nd left) Jane Plant (4th left), Mick Sumpter (3rd right) and Julie Callaghan (right) present Christmas Gift giveaway items to (left to right) Jackie Dodsworth and Lorna Johnson (friends of stranton primary school), Lin Craddy (hartlepool people) and Peter Gowland (hdva). Picture By FRANK REID
MKM staff Lee Dees (2nd left) Jane Plant (4th left), Mick Sumpter (3rd right) and Julie Callaghan (right) present Christmas Gift giveaway items to (left to right) Jackie Dodsworth and Lorna Johnson (friends of stranton primary school), Lin Craddy (hartlepool people) and Peter Gowland (hdva). Picture By FRANK REID

COMMUNITY groups and good causes have received a pre-Christmas boost thanks to the generosity of a Hartlepool firm.

MKM Building Supplies, in Burn Road, has donated dozens of hampers, bottles of alcohol, a television and £500 in cash to three groups in Hartlepool.

The Friends of Stranton Primary School received the bottles and television for their annual fair, the Hartlepool Peoples Centre has been given £500 towards their Christmas party for underprivileged people and a total of 30 hampers will be given to the Asylum Seekers and Refugees Group.

Mick Sumpter and Lee Dees, 40, both directors at MKM say they always look to make a donation to good causes every year.

Mr Sumpter, 50, who lives at Brierton Farm, said: “We have always tried to help and give support to groups in town at this time of year.

“Christmas is a special time and we always make sure we offer whatever help we can.”

The Friends of Stranton Primary School is a registered charity and it was set up to help raise £10,000 towards a community room at the school.

Elizabeth Killeen, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “We are extremely grateful for the donation of the bottles and television for the Christmas fair which raised £600.

“Every time we have a fair MKM donate something.”

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Group, which is a drop-in information and advice service, meets every Monday inside a town centre church hall.

Members can get access to second hand goods and clothes and also get a hot meal.

In Hartlepool, there are currently about 70 asylum seekers and refugees including African and Iranian families.

Organisers say the Christmas hampers will provide a big boost and staff at MKM are currently packing the hampers full of treats for the families to enjoy.

Peter Gowland, project director at Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA) which has helped the group, said: “These people have real needs and they have worked hard to make a success of the group.

“They are extremely grateful for this generous donation.”

The Hartlepool Peoples Centre is a community centre based in Raby Road, which hosts a range of activities and clubs.