Eyes wide open! – Hartlepool charity Red Dreams in 48-hour wake-a-thon

Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.
Dawn and Ian Mc Manus pictured outside the new Red Dreams premises.

MORE than £800 has already been pledged as fundraising performers get set to fight their tired eyes for 48 hours.

Members and apprentices at Hartlepool charity Red Dreams are looking forward to this year’s wake-a-thon.

And they have been contacting various businesses in the town to secure sponsorship as they take on the challenge of staying awake for two full days.

Hartlepool firms have the chance to sponsor those taking part, the games that the participants will be playing to help them stay awake or performers who will take to the stage throughout the 48 hours.

And the charity was boosted yet again when the kind-hearted ladies at the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, vowed to match the total amount raised in this year’s wake-a-thon.

Ian McManus, 44, who set up the charity along with his wife Dawn, 43, after the tragic death of their son, Kyle, who suffered a brain haemorrhage aged just 16, said: “The support so far from our members, apprentices and businesses in the town has been great.

“But then to discover that the ladies at the charity shop were willing to match whatever we raised was just absolutely fantastic, it’s such an incentive.

“Everybody here is really looking forward to it now.

“It’s quite the challenge staying awake for 48 hours but we always make sure we’ve got all sorts planned to help make it a bit easier.

“When we have organised this event in the past it’s always been a real success.

“It’s always very difficult as you approach the final few hours because you know you’re so close to completing it.”

This year’s wake-a-thon will take place from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27.

Initially Ian and Dawn set a minimum fundraising target of £1,000, but with £800 raised already and with the support of the Little Green Charity Shop, that target may well be more than doubled.

Throughout the 48-hour period, those taking part will be playing a variety of games while the charity’s performers will take turns on stage.

All of the money raised during the challenge will support the talented town members who make up the charity.

Any businesses who wish to sponsor those taking part or the activities during this year’s wake-a-thon should call Dawn and Ian on 07851 907691.