Hartlepool Families First launches bid to buy a minibus

Children from Hartlepool Families First have been raising money towards the �7,000 needed for minibus for the group.

Children from Hartlepool Families First have been raising money towards the �7,000 needed for minibus for the group.

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A charity has set off on a fundraising journey to buy a minibus.

And now comes your chance to chip in with the £7,000 appeal which has been launched by Hartlepool Families First.

We want to thank the generosity of the people who have supported us so far. What we are looking for is other people to respond to the appeal and help us out

Paul Thompson, manager at Families First

The York Road-based group needs the total so it can buy a secondhand minibus which it would use to provide transport for people with disabilities.

It has already raised £3,000 itself and now it is hoping the public can give a helping hand.

Manager Paul Thompson said: “We have got a lot more children accessing the service with disabilities and we have done a lot of fundraising to buy a secondhand minibus.

“We have set a target of £7,000 and it will be accessible so that children with wheelchairs can use it.”

So far, around £3,000 has been raised and that is down to parents, children and the Families First team who have held events including a football match where competitors were blindfolded and had to play with a ball with a bell inside it. The event raised £800.

Other highlights have included a handbag auction, a Christmas carol event in conjunction with Hartlepool Community Choir, and a tombola.

Paul added: “We want to thank the generosity of the people who have supported us so far. What we are looking for is other people to respond to the appeal and help us out.”

The aim of Hartlepool Families First, based at One77 in York Road, is to ensure that all residents in Hartlepool and its surrounding area, regardless of age or ability, enjoy a healthy and fulsome life and achieve to the very best of their capabilities.

Paul added: “About 80% of the work we do is with children and young adults with disabilities such as after school clubs, and evening youth clubs.”

Other Families First activities include football and sports on a weekend, and a toy library. Paul said: “We are also looking to use the bus on a daytime for elderly people to use our 3 Fs Fun Food and Friendship project.”

Campaigners hope to reach their fundraising target and get the minibus in time to support events at Easter. To find out more, contact (01429) 867016 or visit www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk.