Scores of Hartlepool kids set to enjoy camping adventure thanks to £10,000 windfall

Stranton, St Aidans and Eskdale primary schol children in 2015
Stranton, St Aidans and Eskdale primary schol children in 2015

More Hartlepool children will get to experience the fun and adventure of Carlton Camp after a charity has been awarded £10,000 by local Freemasons.

The Friends of Carlton Camp was formed to help give kids the opportunity to experience camping in the light of funding cuts that meant they may miss out.

The Friends of Carlton Camp in Middleton Grange shopping centre

The Friends of Carlton Camp in Middleton Grange shopping centre

Freemasons in the Province of Durham have chosen the friends group as one of ten local causes to receive substantial donations towards their work.

Ali Mulrooney, of the Friends of Carlton Camp, said: “We put in a bid to the masons and luckily we got it.

“It will make a massive difference. We did a sponsored walk a couple of weeks ago which brought in £1,000 to £2,000, so to get this much money is unbelievable.

“Some schools charge up to £200 a week and with subsidies being cut we ensure they don’t miss out.

To get this much money is unbelievable

Ali Mulrooney

“It is the kids who really need to go and never get a holiday that we target.

“This money will definitely make sure a fair few children get to go.”
Ali said they may also use some of the funds to go towards the upkeep of the camp or buy things to make the experience even better.

The Friends of Carlton Camp are all local volunteers made up of current and former teaching staff, including head teachers and representatives from the business and voluntary sectors.

Carlton Camp has been providing a top outdoor education experience for school children since the 1930s.

Taking a break on rocks

Taking a break on rocks

Freemasonry is this year celebrating its 300th birthday this year.

The friends will pick up their cheque for £10,000 during a special dedication service at Durham Cathedral on Thursday, September 7.

Up to 1,000 Masons and their families will be present in full Masonic regalia including Provincial Grand Master Norman Eric Heaviside and the Assistant Grand Master and former Lord Major of London, Sir David Wootton, The Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon will also be present.

Fun on the climbing wall at Carlton Camp

Fun on the climbing wall at Carlton Camp