National spotlight on Hartlepool charity for Children in Need

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A TOWN charity which helps hundreds of young people has been filmed as part of Children in Need on Friday.

Hartlepool Families First, which is based at Cafe 177, in York Road, Hartlepool, gets about £33,500 per year from BBC Children in Need to help provide some of the services it has for mainly disabled children in town.

This year, BBC producers asked Hartlepool Families First to be a one of its feature charities to show viewers where their money would go should they donate.

Paul Thompson, Hartlepool Families First manager, said BBC Look North weather girl Hannah Bayman spent a day at the charity to find out some of the work that goes on.

And at some point during Friday night’s Children in Need show, usually presented by Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton, the organisation will feature.

Paul said: “Hannah Bayman came out during the school half-term holidays to film the kids, and talk to the staff and do some filming.

“She spent nearly a full days with us.

“It’s just great and there’s a real buzz about the place. We’re all excited to see it on TV tomorrow night.”

As a thank you and a payback to Children in Need for its support over the years, Hartlepool Families First is holding a Pudsey Party from 7.30pm until 11.30pm.

Twenty members of staff have been tasked with their own secret talent show missions which won’t be revealed until the night, but there is promised to be some singing and dancing.

Entry is free but people are asked to make a donation.