Fundraisers clean up for charity

Seaham firefighters and staff from Specsavers Peterlee washing cars in the car park at Asda Seaham in aid of Hartlepool Hospice and the Fire Fighters' Charity
Seaham firefighters and staff from Specsavers Peterlee washing cars in the car park at Asda Seaham in aid of Hartlepool Hospice and the Fire Fighters' Charity

A CHARITY campaign cleaned up as funds were collected with a car wash.

Staff from Specsavers, in Peterlee, and a crew from Seaham Fire Station pulled together for the afternoon to wash customers’ vehicles as they shopped at Byron Place, in Seaham.

The idea came about after husband and wife Mark and Claire Dale, from Peterlee, decided to pool their efforts to gather together donations for good causes.

Mark, 42, who is a member of white watch at Seaham, and his four colleagues chose to support the Fire Fighters’ Charity while his wife, who is manager of the opticians’ branch, and her workmate Joanne Gallagher raised their half of the money for the Hartlepool & District Hospice.

More than £300 was raised during the three-hour-long wash, with 50-plus cars cleaned.

Claire, 37, said: “The car wash was very positive, people were really kind and even if they didn’t have the time to have their cars cleaned, they still put some money in the tub. It was a very good result.”

The Specsavers store has added its share of the cash to its ongoing collection for the hospice, which challenged it to multiply a £50 starting fund by seven by mid-January.

So far it has passed the £350 target to raise £900, with some of that cash sponsorship for its lab manager Paul Lowther, who completed a 15,000ft parachute jump on Sunday at Shotton Airfield. The store aims to raise more than £1,000 by its deadline.

The next fundraiser will be a night of entertainment at Acre Rigg Social Club, in Peterlee, on Monday, November 26. Doors open at 7pm and the bill will include performances by singer and comedian Jeff Wright and solo vocalists Chris Kelly and Kieron Rowe. Tickets are £3 and can be bought from the bar or the opticians, with the evening also including a raffle.