Show Christmas spirit for charity

Peter Crawford and Hartlepool Bourough Council chairman Stephen Akers-Belcher pictured with their dogs.

Peter Crawford and Hartlepool Bourough Council chairman Stephen Akers-Belcher pictured with their dogs.

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PEOPLE are being invited to reach over to the spirit world at an evening of clairvoyance to raise money for seven local good causes.

The latest fundraiser organised by Hartlepool Borough Council Chairman, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, will be led by psychic mediums Peter Crawford and Irene Wilson.

The money raised at the event will go to seven local charities which Coun Akers-Belcher has chosen to support during his year as chairman.

The event takes place on Thursday, March 23, in the Town Hall Theatre in Raby Road at 7.30pm, and organisers say tickets could be a good gift idea for Christmas.

“We try to give proof of life after death and we try to make contact with the audience’s loved ones on the other side,” says 41-year-old Sydney-born Peter who now lives in Hartlepool and has been a full-time psychic medium for 18 years.

“It’s a very life enhancing experience, with a mixture of poignancy, humour and laughter.”

Even as a child Peter felt he had a special gift, but this really took shape when he visited a spiritualist church as an 18-year-old following the death of his mother Sylvia and discovered that he was naturally clairvoyant.

His skills are much in demand and he was recently called in by the production team of TV hit Geordie Shore to make contact with a spirit which was causing problems at the Newcastle studios where some of the show is filmed.

“The cast and crew were hearing noises and feeling a presence,” explains Peter. “I went in and made contact with the spirit of a man and offered him reassurance and I’m pleased to say that the problems have subsided.”

Together with Irene Wilson, who comes from Horden, Peter has taken part in scores of charity events, raising over £50,000 for good causes.

Looking ahead to the Hartlepool evening, Peter says: “I would invite people to come along with an open mind and give it a try – I’m sure we will surprise them.”

Coun Akers-Belcher added: “Peter and Irene are remarkable people and I would like to thank them very much for giving their time to support my charities.

“I have no doubt it will be a fascinating evening and tickets for the show would make unusual Christmas presents for family and friends alike.”

Councillor Akers-Belcher’s chosen charities are: The Belle Vue Youth Project; Central Correctors; Hartlepool Young Carers; NYPD (Nurturing Young People’s Development); The Phoenix Funsters; The Rifty Youth Project and The Wharton Annexe.

Tickets for the show cost £15 each and are available from the Box Office on (01429) 890000.