Date auction to help Hartlepool charities

Charmaine Twidale

Charmaine Twidale

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A young charity campaigner is organising an auction with a difference to raise money for charity.

Charmaine Twidale, who last year scooped a community champion award from the Hartlepool Mail, decided her latest fund-raising venture should be something with a twist.

Max Bianco.

Max Bianco.

The auction will be selling off people for dates, and among those up for grabs will be Max Bianco from town band, The Jar Family.

Cash from the singles night auction will be shared between the RNLI, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and Hartlepool Young Carers.

The 19-year-old said the event, which will take place in The Royal pub, Church Street, on Thursday, August 20, is just a fun way to raise money. Charmaine, who lives in the King Oswy area, said: “It has been a year since I did any fund-raising, so I decided I really wanted to get back into it.

“I just came up with the idea of the singles night and I thought it would be something a little bit different.”

The Pride of Hartlepool Awards 2014, held at Hardwick Hall. Charmaine Twidale, who won the Community Champion award.

The Pride of Hartlepool Awards 2014, held at Hardwick Hall. Charmaine Twidale, who won the Community Champion award.

The teenager said both charities are very deserving of the support.

She said: “I know the Young Carers have to raise a lot of their funds themselves, so I thought it would be good to help them.

“I have also visited the RNLI station and know it does a lot of really good work, so decided to raise money for it as well.”

Charmaine said she already has a long list of people willing to be auctioned off on the night for dates and she hopes as many people as possible will come along on the night to bid.

She said to keep all those taking part safe, she is planning to organise a date night for all the people who are auctioned and their highest bidders to get together.

As well as the auction, there will also be a karaoke and a raffle on the evening, as well as a buffet.

The auction, which will include both men and women, will kick off at around 7pm.