Dance fundraiser

Members of the 1st Hartlepool Girls' Brigade who are organising a tea dance to raise money for the British Red Cross
Members of the 1st Hartlepool Girls' Brigade who are organising a tea dance to raise money for the British Red Cross
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GIRLS’ Brigade members and parishioners will be getting their dancing shoes on as they raise cash for the British Red Cross.

The kindhearted young members of the 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade have organised a tea dance as part of their leadership training.

The picturesque St Hilda’s Church, on the Headland, will host the event on the afternoon of Sunday, May 18 and are inviting residents to join them for the fundraiser.

Tickets are on sale now and although the girls don’t have a target for how much they want to raise, they are hoping to pack the church out in support of the charity.

Holly Flounders, 17, a member of the brigade, said: “We were at leadership training and we had to come up with an idea of how to raise money for charity.

“It all came from there really, we thought a tea dance would be good fun and we could get others from the church and residents involved as well.

“We chose British Red Cross because it’s a fantastic charity that helps all sorts of people.

“Anything we can raise to donate could help to make a difference.”

Ana Bates, captain of the 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade, said: “The girls have organised this all by themselves, they’ve done a great job.

“It’s all part of their leadership training where they have to show they can organise and hold an event.

“Not only are they doing that, they are going to raise money for a fantastic charity in the process.”

The event will run from 4pm-7pm and tickets, priced at £3.50, can be bought in advance.

The brigade is always on the lookout for new members. The current members, aged from five-18, meet at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, every Monday from 6pm-8pm.

To get involved with the 1st Hartlepool Girls’ Brigade or to buy tickets for the tea dance call Ana on 07722154809.

Tickets can also be bought from any of the brigade members.