A Pools footballing favourite opened a school’s new family centre which has been built at a cost £30,000.
Stranton Primary School, in Southburn Terrace, in Hartlepool, has been running sessions for parents of their pupils, and also the wider community, for a number of years.
The classes have become so popular though, that the school was struggling to provide the space and facilities required.
So three years ago enterprising group Friends of Stranton decided to raise funds to create a purpose-built premises so services could be offered five days a week.
And after a string of various fundraising activities over a number of years, and support from the local business sector, there was finally a kitty of cash which was used to pay for the new family centre, which is a type of annexe built on the side of the school.
Building work started just before Christmas 2014, and the centre was officially opened by Pools manager Ronnie Moore on Friday last week.
We’re very proud of it and it’s so nice for the staff who work on that side of thungs to have a base so they can help more parents.Headteacher at Stranton, Neil Nottingham
Headteacher at Stranton, Neil Nottingham, said the whole school was extremely proud of the centre.
“The opening was excellent, we had a really good turn out from local companies who have supported the initiative,” he said. “A lot of parents who have previously benefited from the sessions we offered came along as well. The facility has been three years in the making. It was started off by Liz Killeen and the Friends of Stranton Group, and more latterly supported by Thirteen Housing, Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association (HVDA) and other local companies.
“We’re very proud of it and it’s so nice for the staff who work on that side of thungs to have a base so they can help more parents.”