Water great mural

Princess Trust team leader Denise Curren (rear left) with Princes Trust members and mural designers and painters (rear left to right) Alisha Maw and Sammie-Jo Sharpe (front left to right) Martin Brightman, Michael Stranger, Shannon Ellis, Jody Crannage, Bethaney Hanlon and Dev Holmes.

Princess Trust team leader Denise Curren (rear left) with Princes Trust members and mural designers and painters (rear left to right) Alisha Maw and Sammie-Jo Sharpe (front left to right) Martin Brightman, Michael Stranger, Shannon Ellis, Jody Crannage, Bethaney Hanlon and Dev Holmes.

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AN arty and hard-working bunch of young people brought a lick of colour to a new children’s play room.

The 11-strong team from Hartlepool Princes’ Trust Team 35 recently endured a three-legged fancy dress walk around the town.

And they decided to use some of the £400 they raised from the event to spruce up a new children’s play room which has been set up in the Hindpool Surestart Centre, in Hindpool Close, on the Central Estate.

So the group, who do not have artistic backgrounds or qualifications, bought paints, and set about creating an underground water mural in the kids’ room which was formerly an office.

The task took them days to complete but they all mucked in and managed to create the fab water scene, complete with little “Nemo” fish for the youngsters to spot during their time playing in the room.

Denise Curren, who is a Princes’ Trust team leader, said: “We painted the sea scene with a variety of colours and put fish in there as well.

“We put Nemo here and there so the children could search for him.

“The group also put some patterns, sea features and sea creatures around the door frames as well.

“There were 11 members who worked on the mural but the full 11 weren’t there all the time because of illnesses.

“Nobody has an arty background at all but a couple of them were able to draw, a couple of them had more steady hands than others, so we all just chipped in and did the best we could.

“It came up really, really well.”

She added: “It is really effective and the centre is delighted with it. The staff there were really generous as well and bought each one of the team a box of chocolates for their efforts!

“The team was really surprised at how good it turned out.

“They were quite proud of themselves and felt good that they were appreciated by the centre.”