Learning about survival

EXPERIENCE: Don Vaughan

EXPERIENCE: Don Vaughan

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THE founder of a 25-year-old survival club is appealing for more members to join and experience the great outdoors.

Hartlepool Survival Club, which currently has 15 members, makes monthly trips to the North Yorkshire Moors or Hamsterley Forest.

Leader Don Vaughan, from Thornton Street, Hartlepool, teaches the outdoor gang how to survive in extreme conditions should they ever find themselves in one.

The 53-year-old, who is fully checked with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), said: “We’d love some more members. We offer comradeship, we get kids off the streets, we get them out there in the countryside working together on different projects, it’s very challenging and they get a certificate at the end of it.

“They also come away with a tremendous amount of pride at what they’ve done.

“It’s like an adventure and I’d recommend it to anyone. I still love it after all of these years.”

The group, which recently won a Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association (HVDA) award for successfully running for so long and stays in contact through its Facebook page, is taking its next monthly trip to the Moors tomorrow.

Don said that he has equipment and shelters available, and he just asks for a £20 fee to cover food and travel costs.

Don said he would also like to thank David Waddington, owner of John F Gent, in York Road, Hartlepool, for paying for the club’s insurance costs this year. For further details contact Don on 07791040514 or email: donald_vghn@ntlworld.com