Toasting success

Hartlepool Round Table chairman Allan Wise pictured with (left to right) Sue Higgins and Sylvia Moore of the Hartlepool MS Support Group. Sharon Robins of ARGH, Paul Thompson of families First and Garry Waugh of Hartlepool RNLI.
Hartlepool Round Table chairman Allan Wise pictured with (left to right) Sue Higgins and Sylvia Moore of the Hartlepool MS Support Group. Sharon Robins of ARGH, Paul Thompson of families First and Garry Waugh of Hartlepool RNLI.

FIVE delighted charities said “cheers” to Hartlepool Round Table after they were presented with £10,000 raised through an annual beer festival.

Each worthy cause was awarded £2,000, providing a massive boost to their work across the town after the Hartlepool Beer Festival.

Hartlepool Round Table raised the impressive amount from its popular beer festival which was held at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, in October.

The five local causes chosen for the welcome donations were Hartlepool Families First, Red Dreams, Hartlepool RNLI, Autism Rights Group Hartlepool (ARGH) and The New Hartlepool MS Support Group.

Recipients gathered at the Borough Hall where they were presented with cheques by Allan Wise, chairman of Hartlepool Round Table.

He said: “I don’t think there is a better way of raising money than through a beer festival.

“The money was raised through the goodwill and generosity of people in the town and it gives us an opportunity to help the great work they do.

“We had some cracking ideas from members which charities to support. We thought these five seemed to be a diverse selection which help everyone from kids singing to people in wheelchairs.”

Hartlepool Families First, in Greatham Street, will use the cash to provide activities for some of the town’s children with severe learning and physical disabilities.

Manager Paul Thompson said: “This money will make a big difference. We are grateful for the continued support of the round table.” Sharon Robins, founder of the ARGH, which meets every other Wednesday at Springs gym, said of the donation: “This is going to help us massively to get the kids out to different places like the Alan Shearer Centre.”

Red Dreams, which supports talented youngsters, said the money will help as they move into new premises in Whitby Street South.

Dawn McManus, of Red Dreams, said: “The overheads will be a lot more than previously so to have this kind of support is massive for us.”

Garry Waugh, second coxswain of Hartlepool RNLI, described the money as “invaluable”.

He said: “With the economic climate every penny counts at the moment.

“If we put this towards training just one crew member that could mean lives saved so it has a knock-on effect.”

The New Hartlepool MS Support Group will use its donation to continue to provide free complementary therapy and counselling services to people suffering from multiple sclerosis.

Secretary Sylvia Moore said: “This money means a great deal to us. It will also kick start our long-term goal of providing a short term respite centre.”