POLICE are urging business owners in Hartlepool to dig deep to support a charity drive in aid of town schoolgirl Georgia Hart.
Sergeant Dave Halliday, Pc Keith Robinson and Pc Lorene Haworth, of Hartlepool Police, are taking part in the Jailed 4 Georgia event.
The fundraising push, which takes place at the end of the month over three days, will see the officers take one of the Georgia’s teachers, from High Tunstall College of Science, to the 42 other police force areas in the UK, from Northumbria down to Devon and Cornwall.
The money raised from the event will be donated to the Save A Hart campaign, which aims to raise £30,000 to send the 16-year-old to America for clinical trials for treatment for Freidreich’s Ataxia, which she was diagnosed with over a year ago.
They are hoping to receive as many donations as possible before the gruelling 1,500 mile drive.
Sgt Halliday said: “Raising awareness among local businesses is a major aim for us as we feel that both employers and employees will be impassioned to donate.”
Georgia discovered she had the inherited condition, which affects just one in every 50,000 people, following routine checks.
The progressive disease attacks and damages the central nervous system resulting in co-ordination and balance problems, painful curvature of the spine, severe fatigue, and also on daily medication to prevent heart disease.
For further information log onto the Jailed 4 Georgia Facebook and Twitter pages or telephone the officers on(01429) 855560.