A LITTLE charity shop has made a big difference to a Hartlepool school and a life-saving service.
The Little Green Charity Shop in Murray Street, Hartlepool, has presented £2,000 to Springwell special school to make sure its Christmas festivities go with a bang.
Generous staff also made a £3,000 donation to the Great North Air Ambulance service which has been often called into action in and around Hartlepool.
The two donations were the shop’s final contributions for the year and bring their total for the year to £14,000.
Springwell headteacher Karl Telfer said: “We are absolutely ecstatic about the donation.
“We have got various things planned for Christmas pantomimes, Santa visits, gifts for the children and all sorts.
“This will help us massively towards that. It just makes Christmas so much better and exciting for the children when we know we don’t have to worry about the financial side.”
The donation was part of the independent Little Green Charity Shop’s ongoing support for the work of the Wiltshire Way school.
Staff from the shop have spent time at Springwell School and pupils have also visited the shop to see how they operate.
The Great North Air Ambulance, which needs to raise £4 million a year to keep its three helicopters running, was also given a lift with their £3,000 donation.
Shop volunteer Sheila Boagey said: “We have supported Springwell for a while now and we try to help them about three times a year.
“We also tend to do a lot for various local services like the Hartlepool lifeboats, the air ambulance Macmillan Cancer Care.
“Many of them are emergency services which we all could need and they are struggling financially just like everybody else.”
The air ambulance service has attended a series of call outs in Hartlepool in Hartlepool in the last year.
Recent incidents include going to the aid of teenager Sophie Wall, from Seaton Carew, after her horse tumbled and fell on top of her.
The Little Green Charity Shop has been supporting local causes for 40 years and has raised more than £250,000.
It always looking for donations of good quality clothes, books, DVDs, CDs and bric-a-brac and more.
The shop is open Monday to Saturday.