Golfers help vandal-hit sports facilities

(left to right) Kevin Cosgrave, Allison Harmison, Steve Hatfield and Josh Ford at the Greatham Village Sports Field

(left to right) Kevin Cosgrave, Allison Harmison, Steve Hatfield and Josh Ford at the Greatham Village Sports Field

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A VILLAGE sports group which has been hit by series of vandal attacks has received a £400 cash windfall.

Greatham Sports Field Association worked tirelessly to raise funds for two years to save up for some changing rooms which were finally set up on the village sports field in February.

Mark Sickling in the dressing rooms at Greatham Sports Field Picture by FRANK REID

Mark Sickling in the dressing rooms at Greatham Sports Field Picture by FRANK REID

It bought the changing facilities for £2,200 to allow the hosting of football games, and other sporting events on the field in Greatham Village, Hartlepool.

But the group was left devastated when mindless yobs smashed a window, daubed graffiti on the walls inside, and tried to kick down one of the doors in two separate attacks.

Mark Sickling, one of the Greatham Sports Field Association members, told the Mail that a number of benefactors came forward and offered funds to help pay for the damage, with some even offering their time.

Now the group has received another boost, in the form of a £400 cash windfall which was raised on a charity day held by Seaton Carew Golf Club, on The Front, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool.

The day was held in memory of town man Lol Atkinson who died suddenly in October 2013.

Popular Lol had links with Greatham and used to play football there.

The money will be ploughed into the Association’s kitty for its future plans.

Mark, 48, from the Fens, said: “We are delighted because we’ve got a cheque to pick up from Seaton Carew Golf Club. They have a charity day every year in memory of a former member, who actually had ties with Greatham himself. They thought it would be a good idea to donate it to us.

“It’s a great honour to be chosen by them and I think we’re all a bit humbled by it.”

He added: “There are a few things we need including electrics, a mower, and a new entrance gate, so the money will go towards those things.”

Greatham Village resident Billy Blackford, a member of the golf club, said: “Lol had a lot of time for the village and he would be over the moon for us to pass that money on to Greatham Sports Field Association.”