Donation will help keep Hartlepool museum volunteers warm

From left, volunteers  Dave Dodsworth, Emma Wood, Pam Hill, Ken Laking, John Holvey, Kevin Barkworth, Joan Peart (Persimmon Homes Teesside) and museum manager Diane Stephens.
From left, volunteers Dave Dodsworth, Emma Wood, Pam Hill, Ken Laking, John Holvey, Kevin Barkworth, Joan Peart (Persimmon Homes Teesside) and museum manager Diane Stephens.
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Volunteers at the Heugh Battery Museum will be kept warm this winter thanks to a £1,000 cash donation from Persimmon Homes Teesside.

The museum, on the Headland in Hartlepool, provides the upkeep of the only First World War battlefield in the UK and commemorates the day war came to Hartlepool in the Bombardment of 1914.

The cash injection is made from Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme, which is a pot of £24,000 to help fund and support local clubs, groups and good causes.

With the funding, the museum will provide its team of volunteers with safety equipment, warm fleece jackets, overalls and smart polo shirts.

Diane Stephens, manager from the Heugh Battery Museum, said: “During the winter it gets very cold on site. This clothing will help our volunteers, many of whom are unemployed or retired, keep warm on site. It will also enable them to carry out their volunteering activities safely and comfortably.”

Joan Peart, of Persimmon Homes, said: “We are delighted to support the Heugh Battery Museum as we know the site is of such historical importance to the area. Being in a coastal location we could clearly see how the warm clothing would be of benefit to volunteers.”

“It couldn’t be any easier to apply for funding, and we are now calling for people to apply for next month’s allocation by completing a form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.”