Help for Hawkes: Town leader’s support as Hartlepool cheerleaders bid for glory

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A COUNCILLOR is helping a cheerleading squad on its way to a prestigious competition.

The Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading academy has launched a campaign to raise £5,000 to take part in the British National Championships at Telford in Shropshire.

Now Coun David Riddle, of the Putting Hartlepool First Group, has donated £250 of ward budget funding, after reading about the campaign in the Mail.

He said: “I read about the Hawks appeal in the Mail and I also received a very nice letter from their head coach, Rebecca Louise Taylor, asking if I could help with their fund-raising efforts.

“I knew straight away I wanted to help in whatever small way I could. The Hawks are a wonderful example of what young people in our town can achieve when they’re guided and supported properly.

“I’ve seen them at many events across Teesside and they’re a credit to our town.”

Academy students have already won a string of titles at the regional championships held recently in Newcastle.

Seven teams of Hawks have qualified for the nationals on April 4 and 5 and that means 45 Hartlepool cheerleaders aged from four to 19 all hoping to get to Shropshire.

But the trip relies on £5,000 being raised for the competition fees, transport and accommodation.

A range of events has been arranged to help boost the fund.

On Sunday, February 8, a fund-raising night will be held at Owton Manor Social Club, from 5pm to 9pm, featuring a showcase by the Hawks, an auction, bingo, raffles and a disco. Tickets are £3.

A race night takes place on Friday, February 13, at the Travellers Rest pub, from 7pm. Tickets £3.

Academy founder Rebecca Taylor said: “We invite everyone to come along to our fund-raising events to help our athletes’ dreams come true. Also any donations of any kind would be greatly appreciated and help us get that one step closer to achieving our goal.”

To support the Hawks, call 07968175673 or email hawksacademy@hotmail.co.uk