Dozens of businesses help swell Hartlepool foodbank with Christmas cheer

PEDAL POWER: Joan Cook and Sarah Thorpe try to make a smoothie with Rebekah Uddin from Get Cycling during the event  at the Innovation Centre Picture: DAVID WOOD
PEDAL POWER: Joan Cook and Sarah Thorpe try to make a smoothie with Rebekah Uddin from Get Cycling during the event at the Innovation Centre Picture: DAVID WOOD
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Fifty business in a Hartlepool centre have shown their caring side.

The year at UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre in Hartlepool ended with a collection of goods - from tinned hams to boxes of chocolates - for The Trussell Trust’s local Food Bank.

The aim was to provide a happier Christmas for around 200 families who will receive food parcels. But that’s just one example of what has been a huge year of support.

A coffee morning with a raffle and cakes saw Innovation Centre tenant Complete Money Care raise money to buy toys for the Salvation Army.

Earlier in the year, a coffee morning organised by UKSE’s Joan Cook and Paula Addison - who both look after tenants every day - raised more than £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

And UK Steel Enterprise provided £250 from its Community Support Fund, to the Hartlepool People Centre.

Tenant Rob Collier, who runs Advanced Retail Solutions from the Innovation Centre, also did his bit by helping a Christmas party for disadvantaged young people.

Innovation Centre tenants operate businesses from joinery to printing, bricks to confectionary, and finance to water softeners.

As well as charity efforts, they are raising the awareness of health issues.

During 2015 they have attended Healthy Heart Sessions and a Cycle Roadshow held in the Innovation Centre’s car park.

They also took part in a Defibrillator Awareness Session as UK Steel Enterprise has made the life-saving piece of equipment available in all its business premises.