Matchstick-model genius raises thousands for charity

The Pigeon Loft made by Monty Woolston out of matchwood

The Pigeon Loft made by Monty Woolston out of matchwood

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SKILLED Monty Woolston is a model fundraiser when it comes 
to supporting good causes.

His carefully constructed matchstick models have raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Monty Woolston working on his next Matchwood creation

Monty Woolston working on his next Matchwood creation

Tens of thousands of matchsticks and countless hours go into each model which Monty gives away to be raffled or auctioned off.

His latest two creations of scale model pigeon lofts will raise money towards a cancer charity and Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Monty’s latest pigeon loft contains 24,000 matches, 200 ice lolly sticks and 80 cocktail sticks.

It took Monty, who is divorced, four weeks to complete.

A carriage made by Monty Woolston

A carriage made by Monty Woolston

Helping people battling cancer is a cause close to 74-year-old Monty’s heart.

Not only is he currently living with lung cancer, but several members of his 
family have also fought the disease.

Monty, of Studley Road, Hartlepool, said: “One of my sisters had leukaemia and another has cancer.

“I’ve been making cars, churches and all sorts of things since I was 18.

A Pigeon Loft made by Monty Woolston

A Pigeon Loft made by Monty Woolston

“People used to buy my models, now I don’t charge, I give them all to charity.

“I used to race pigeons and someone asked me to make him one, then another asked me if I could do one for him as well.

“The last one I made was for a little girl who had got leukaemia and a man from Holland bought it for £550 off the internet.”

His creations have been raffled off for good causes all over the region including in Newcastle, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and East Durham.

The grandad of three added: “When I started making them for charity one of my daughters said she would buy the matchsticks for me and my other daughter buys the glue and varnish.

“I like doing them.”

Neighbour Bob Farrow will organise a raffle for the hospice through the Belle Vue Social Club.

Bob said: “He’s done a good job of it. It would make a nice Christmas present for somebody so let’s hope we raise a bit of money.”