Going McScary for a good cause in Hartlepool

Anty Brown operating the drive through at Marina Mcdonalds during the Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Anty Brown operating the drive through at Marina Mcdonalds during the Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

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Restaurant staff turned McScary for the day to do their bit for charity.

Hartlepool’s three McDonald’s were taken over by monsters and ghouls to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Town Centre Mcdonalds at off (left to right) Danielle Murray, Anne-Marie Lowther and Rachael Smith  taking part in the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Town Centre Mcdonalds at off (left to right) Danielle Murray, Anne-Marie Lowther and Rachael Smith taking part in the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

They managed to raise £700 in four hours for the cause, which provides free home away from home accommodation to families while their child is in hospital.

Highlights of the fund-raising event included fancy dress, cake bakes, face painting and a raffle.

Bev Williamson, McDonald’s supervisor at branches in the Marina, Middleton Grange and Burn Road said: “We had lots of positive comments from customers who came along. The cakes were so popular they’d sold out by 2pm at the Marina branch.

“The charity is such a worthwhile cause and I don’t think people realise just how much good work it does. Although the nearest Ronald McDonald house is in Manchester, it’s helped a lot of Hartlepool families with poorly children.”

Sarah Samuel in her fancy dress during the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Sarah Samuel in her fancy dress during the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

As well as the Halloween event, the branches are also selling teddies for the cause which will be available for the next fortnight.

Since going on sale on Monday, the stuffed lions, tigers and hippos have already raised £1,300.

Steph Wisdom TownCentre Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Steph Wisdom TownCentre Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Tom Hardy dressed up at the Town Centre Mcdonalds in aid of their Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Tom Hardy dressed up at the Town Centre Mcdonalds in aid of their Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Andrew Kaey from Town Centre Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Andrew Kaey from Town Centre Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities

Josh Richards from Burn Road Mcdonalds ponders on what cake to have during the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Josh Richards from Burn Road Mcdonalds ponders on what cake to have during the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Staff from Burn Road Mcdonalds taking part in the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Staff from Burn Road Mcdonalds taking part in the Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Burn Road Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Burn Road Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Burn Road Mcdonalds Pirates Takudzwa Kamhunga (left) and David Palmer entertaining customer's Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Burn Road Mcdonalds Pirates Takudzwa Kamhunga (left) and David Palmer entertaining customer's Mcdonalds Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Poppy Watson-Hamilton waits to have her face painted by Annie Game from Burn Road Mcdonalds during the Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID

Poppy Watson-Hamilton waits to have her face painted by Annie Game from Burn Road Mcdonalds during the Halloween charity event in aid of Ronald Mcdonalds House Charities. Picture by FRANK REID