A BOYS’ brigade summer fair managed to rake in a whopping £700 which will be spent on a fun-packed summer.
The 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade is “absolutely delighted” with the record sum of cash which was raised at the fair at the weekend.
And every penny will go towards a programme of summer fun for the boys in the popular club.
Leader in charge at 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade, George Bainbridge, said: “The fair went very well and we managed to raise over £700.
“We are very grateful and we’d like to thank all the people that came along and supported it.
“We’d also like to thank all the workers for their help and making the day possible.
“It means that we’ll be able to carry out our planned summer activities.”
The Summer Fair was at its base in St Matthew’s Community Centre, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool.
The event saw over 300 people stream in through the door which opened at 10am on Saturday until noon.
There was a number of stalls for shoppers wanting a bargain, including bric-a-brac, home-made cakes and jams, a tombola, a book stall, toys, and many more.
“People of all ages came along, including families and bargain hunters,” said George.
“Some of the kids from the boys brigade were on the stalls and they all enjoyed it as well.
“It’s the best amount we’ve ever raised and we’re over the moon with it.
“Last year we raised £500, so this year we’ve topped that by £200.
“It’s really good.”
There are 40 children who will benefit from the cashed, who are aged from six-years-old to 16-years-old.
They will be heading to Crimdon Dene, Castle Eden, Thorpe Thewles, the Blue Lagoon and further afield to Whitby, Yorkshire, a camp at the Birch Centre, near Scarborough and a day out paint-balling.
The cash raised will help to pay for transport and food costs.
George told the Hartlepool Mail: “We want to be able to give the kids a good summer so we would love to have as many people come along to the summer fair as possible.
“There will be something for everyone.”
George also said the group is on the look-out for new members.
The Boys Brigade meets every Monday and Friday evening at a cost of £1.50 per session.
The age groups available are from six to eight years old, eight to 11-years-old and 11-year-old plus.
For further details about times and the activities that go on at the Boys Brigade, then telephone George on (01429) 263149.