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Pub-goers take the ice plunge

It ill be a case of water, water everywhere on Bank Holiday Monday, when regulars at the Harbour of Refuge pub on the Headland undertake an ice bucket challenge. Soaking volunteer James Wood gets a soaking from Joel Marshall (left) and Kyle Pinchen, while Pot House boss Elaine Gooding looks on.

It ill be a case of water, water everywhere on Bank Holiday Monday, when regulars at the Harbour of Refuge pub on the Headland undertake an ice bucket challenge. Soaking volunteer James Wood gets a soaking from Joel Marshall (left) and Kyle Pinchen, while Pot House boss Elaine Gooding looks on.

FUN-loving regulars at a Hartlepool pub are lining up to take part in the latest charity craze sweeping the world in aid of a poorly youngster.

Drinkers at the Harbour of Refuge on the Headland will take part in a big ice bucket charity challenge on Bank Holiday Monday.

The latest trend sees people get soaked with a bucket of iced water and make a donation to charity before nominating someone else.

The Harbour of Refuge – also known as The Pot House – is doing it to raise money for two-year-old Jack Skinner, from Hartlepool, who is being treated for numerous conditions at Newcastle’s RVI Hospital.

Pub regular Darran Atter, a friend of Jack’s mum Melanie Skinner, was the first to take the ice bucket challenge for him and other regulars were quick to join in.

Harbour of Refuge owner Elaine Gooding said: “Darren started it and put it on Facebook for the locals.

“Now loads of them have done it and nominated others who all pay £5.

“All the money we have raised goes to Jack’s Appeal.

“His mum brought him into the pub one day and he is just a lovely, chatty gorgeous little boy.

“We have also done other events like cheese and wine nights and have raised around £800 so far.

“With the event on Monday we should get to over £1,000.”

Elaine’s daughter Natalie Gooding joined in the ice challenge from Turkey where she was on holiday.

Friends in Australia have also taken the plunge.

The pub will be putting on other fun and games going on at the pub on Croft Terrace including a visit from Mickey Mouse for children.It all takes place from 1pm-6pm.

The pub is also supporting the RNLI when the Hartlepool Carnival Raft Race takes place on the Fish Sands on Sunday, September 7.

Six different bands will also take to the stage after the event had to be cancelled due to bad weather two weeks ago.

 

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