Footballers are charity top dogs

Rossmere Rangers players Jack Harrison, 10, from Mowbray Road (left) and Mae Rachstraw, also 10, from Seaton Carew pack bages for Seaton Carew man Keith Kinnersley at Morrisons in Hartlepool to raise funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation.

Rossmere Rangers players Jack Harrison, 10, from Mowbray Road (left) and Mae Rachstraw, also 10, from Seaton Carew pack bages for Seaton Carew man Keith Kinnersley at Morrisons in Hartlepool to raise funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation.

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YOUNG footballers kicked off a campaign to raise money for guide dogs.

Hartlepool Chester Football Club took part in a bag pack at Morrisons supermarket, in Clarence Road, Hartlepool, as part of Guide Dog Week.

The young people’s selfless deed helped the work of the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew fundraising branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The charity’s campaign coincides with its 80th anniversary and as part of the drive, people are being encouraged to take part in its Going for 80 sponsored challenges.

Examples could be participants being sponsored to run, swim, skip or cycle for 80 miles, or donate 80 minutes of their time to help at one of the organisation’s charity collections.

Louise Parker, district fundraiser for Guide Dogs, said: “Guide Dogs is about transforming the lives of thousands of blind and partially sighted people.

“This is optimised by the partnership between the guide dog owner and his trusty guide dog.

“Over the last few years the Hartlepool and Seaton Crarew branch has grown and another partnership with the football team has prospered, as the branch help the Chester Boys by lending them the fundraising mini bus to help with transport.”

Colin Harrison is Chester boys team coach, which plays in the Sunday morning Tagteamwear league and won the second division last season.

He said: “We have been linked with Guide Dogs Association for many years.

“Now we have introduced a new team of junior players from Rossmere Football Club, who play in the under 11’s in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance.

“All the boys have stepped up to help the Guide Dogs by doing the bag pack.

“Both teams like the idea of being linked to such a great organisation.”

Representatives from the town branch will be collecting near Hartlepool Central Library, in York Road, between 10am-4pm on Friday and Saturday.