Dodgeball event helps raise £150

The Pupil Referral Unit organised a dodgeball tournament between staff and police officers and pupils. Pictured with their teams are captains Paul Smith, whi is the beat officer for Seaton carew, and pupil Jamie Skidmore.
The Pupil Referral Unit organised a dodgeball tournament between staff and police officers and pupils. Pictured with their teams are captains Paul Smith, whi is the beat officer for Seaton carew, and pupil Jamie Skidmore.

KINDHEARTED pupils helped raise £150 for charity by taking part in a dodgeball competition.

Pupils and staff from Hartlepool Borough Council’s Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) held the event at Brierton Sports Centre, off Brierton Lane, in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Students took on staff while there was also a team from Cleveland Police involving police officers and police community support officers.

The event also helped teach the pupils about the importance of eating healthily and exercise.

Tony Hanson, service manager at the PRU, said: “The PRU held a dodgeball tournament in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

“The event was staged at Brierton Sports Centre and involved teams of pupils from the PRU, our staff and also Cleveland Police.

“It helped raise £150, and counting, for the British Heart Foundation which is obviously a very important cause.”

Mr Hanson thanked Allison Millington, a science teacher at the PRU, and Samantha Hume, who teaches English and personal health and social education, for their efforts in organising the event.

He added: “It is important the young people take on board the messages around eating healthily and exercising.”

Mr Hanson said the PRU is supporting two initiatives, the BHF Healthy Heart campaign and Sky Sports Sporting Champions programme.

Year 9 and 10 pupils took part.

The town became a BHF healthy heart town in 2011 when it was revealed more than 100 people were still dying of heart disease each year.