Dodgeball comp helps raise funds

Hartlepool Sixth Form students and teachers who took part in the fundraising event for the British Heart Foundation charity.
Hartlepool Sixth Form students and teachers who took part in the fundraising event for the British Heart Foundation charity.

CHARITABLE college students helped organise their very own ‘healthy heart’ event in a bid to help make sure teenagers are keeping healthy while also raising vital cash for a national charity.

Teenagers at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in the town’s Blakelock Road, hosted the event on Friday morning in conjunction with staff from Hartlepool Borough Council and representatives from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

As part of their Btec sport course, students had to organise their own event and decided to coincide that with raising funds for the BHF.

Students were able to check their blood pressure, and have healthy heart checks while there was also a raft of information stands.

But as well as the information on offer, the students also took part in a sponsored dodgeball tournament at the College.

Rebecca Robinson, a teacher at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “This event was part of the student’s BTec sport course because they have to organise their own sporting development initiative. They have put a lot of work in.”

As well as improving people’s awareness of how to maintain a healthy heart, the students also wanted to host a dodgeball competition and officers from the local authority were impressed with the work of the students.

Chris Briddon, BHF nurse practitioner based within Hartlepool Borough Council’s public health department, said: “This was a great event organised by the students themselves and we were more than happy to lend them our full support.”

“It’s great they wanted to it.”