Help Southbrooke to put a smile on children’s faces

Mally Close and Joanne Blackwood with one of the bikes they are working on.
Mally Close and Joanne Blackwood with one of the bikes they are working on.

A Hartlepool project needs more donations so it can help children in Africa.

The Southbrooke Community Project, which is off Catcote Road in Hartlepool, runs a bike renovation scheme.

It plans to send out a new batch of bicycles to Africa but spokeswoman Joanne Blackwood said more donations of bikes were needed.

She added: “I want to send a good number off to Africa and we have some but it would be good to send even more away.”

She urged the people of Hartlepool to help out with donations.

The Southbrooke Community Project works with up to 20 young people at a time, including some who are not in education.

The scheme has facilities including a farm, workshop, education room, chicken pen and a garden where flowers and vegetables are grown.

The centre also runs a bike renovation scheme, and the public gets involved by donating bicycles and bicycle parts for the keen children to work on.

Once the bikes are renovated, they are either offered to families in Hartlepool who may not be able to afford a new bike or donated to Africa.

Anyone who wants to back the bike project, or anyone who wants to request one of the scheme’s bicycles, should contact Joanne on 07572 880338.