‘They’re taking money from a charity’ – anger after Miles for Men given £1,500 bus charge

Runner in the Miles for Men event that was held at Seaton Carew.

Runner in the Miles for Men event that was held at Seaton Carew.

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Charity chiefs have slammed an “unexpected” charge that has been imposed after the Miles for Men fundraiser held in Hartlepool.

Miles for Men was hit with a charge after Sunday’s event saw hundreds of men and boys raising cash for cancer charities.

It’s £750 they are taking from people with cancer

Kevin Hill

Organisers were told of the £1,500 charge this week for the suspension of bus services relating to road closures imposed during the race.

The event required the suspension of 25 bus stops at a cost of £60 per stop.

The suspension required a notice posting on the stop advising of the restriction and revisions to the electronic service.

Bus operators were also advised of the closures.

Hartlepool Borough Council and Connect Tees Valley, which is responsible for the management of bus services in the Tees Valley, incurred the costs due to the closures.

The council has waived £750 of the charge and intends to hold talks with charity bosses over the rest of the fees.

Kevin Hill, of Miles for Men, said: “No-one informed me of it. We have never had to pay it and now its come up.

“It’s £750 they are taking from people with cancer as far as I’m concerned.

“They should be backing us up to the hilt. We’re bringing people into this town doing these runs.

“We have had people from London taking part and spending money in Seaton Carew.

“They’re taking money from a charity.”

A Hartlepool Borough Council spokesman said: “We have waived £750 in relation to the costs incurred in preparing and putting up bus stop closure signs. This is in line with our policy on charity/community events.

“We also intend to meet with Miles for Men to discuss the fees administered in relation to Sunday’s charity run.”