Pub gets behind fundraising event

Pictured warming up for a kaaraoke session during the fundraising event at the Greensides pub are(left to right) Olly Jackson, Lesley-Anne Smith and Richard Smith.
Pictured warming up for a kaaraoke session during the fundraising event at the Greensides pub are(left to right) Olly Jackson, Lesley-Anne Smith and Richard Smith.
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A PUB will hold its first annual charity weekend event this week with an ambitous festival of attractions.

The Greenside Pub, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, will host a fundraising event throughout this weekend, all in aid of North East Leukaemia Research and the Leukaemia Day Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.

There is something for everyone in a weekend packed full of attractions and activities for all ages.

The event has been driven by bosses and pub regular and local resident Olly Jackson, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003.

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that attacks the lymph nodes and manifests itself in painless swellings usually in the neck, armpit or groin. There are generally two types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: high grade/aggressive and low grade/indolent.

Olly, originally from Seaton Carew, was diagnosed with the low grade form of the disease, which is unfortunately incurable in most cases, but may remain dormant for many years between treatments, enabling sufferers to live a normal life.

Olly, 46, who was last treated by staff at North Tees hospital in 2009, said: “The staff at North Tees when I was getting treatment were absolutely fantastic, and we just want to give something back.

“We haven’t got a target or anything, when we were first doing it I thought it would be great to raise a couple of hundred pounds, but it has really snowballed since then, and the guys in the pub have been brilliant at promoting it.”

The event will start on Saturday from 10am and will include a visit from representatives from Hartlepool Fire Station and a performance from local cheerleading academy Hartlepool Hawks at 2pm, as well as karaoke in the evening.

The following day will see performances from 12 live bands, a bucking bronco and padded sumo wrestling suits.

Lesley-Anne Smith, trainee supervisor at the Greenside, said: “Olly has been through a lot and he’s come out the other side of it now and wants to do the charity event which is great.

“We’ve done fundraising events before, but nothing this big, and hopefully it will be a success.”

The fundraiser is free all weekend, and although the Greenside’s car park will be closed as it is the main venue for the event, parking will be available nearby.

Anyone needing more information can call the pub on (01429) 272668.