Fundraising drive in full swing

Gordan Larkin with users and residents at the Belle Vue Sports and Youth Centre Tara Stallard with Amy Cockburn, Wendy Dick with Aimee Hay, Andrea Attwell, Norma Brown, Pamela Stallard, Lisa Slaughter and Sheila Collins are  happy with the nes that the centre will remail open. Picture by FRANK REID
Gordan Larkin with users and residents at the Belle Vue Sports and Youth Centre Tara Stallard with Amy Cockburn, Wendy Dick with Aimee Hay, Andrea Attwell, Norma Brown, Pamela Stallard, Lisa Slaughter and Sheila Collins are happy with the nes that the centre will remail open. Picture by FRANK REID

STAFF at a community centre have organised a series of charity nights as part of an ongoing effort to raise funds for a youth club.

Belle Vue Youth Club has struggled for funding since the turn of the year and its organisers were planning to call it a day.

But workers and residents near the club’s base at the Belle Vue Centre Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, pulled together to raise £4,000 and keep it going for at least six months, as recently reported.

Now, in a further bid to boost the coffers, centre staff have organised three fundraising events.

The Woodcutter Pub, in Kingsley Avenue, is hosting a classic rock music night featuring Dry Ice on Friday, May 27, at 7pm. Tickets cost £2.50 and they are available on the door.

On Friday, June 3, centre staff will close off Kendal Road between 10am and 3pm for a fun street party featuring stalls, activities, face painting and a bouncy castle.

Meanwhile, staff have also organised an audience with Hartlepool United legend Joe Allon, featuring comedian Terry Joyce, for Saturday, June 11 at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Kendal Road.

Tickets for the event, which includes a pie and peas supper, cost £15 or there are tables of 10 available for £130.

All of the money raised from the events will go towards the youth club, which provides activities throughout the week for around 250 young people, aged five to 19. It runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Hayley Hakansson, receptionist and administration assistant at the centre, said: “We have organised a really packed programme of events and every penny helps towards securing the future of the youth club.

“The street party in June should be a great event for the whole family and it will give something for the children in the area to do.”

A series of fundraising events have already been held this year including a sponsored bungee jump, a sponsored Valentine’s Day Dip at Seaton Carew, a ladies night and a monthly bingo session.

For more information about future fundraising events, call the centre on (01429) 221832.