ONE lucky person is set to blow up the landmark Steetley chimney as part of an innovative fundraising drive – and it could be you.
The chimney (pictured), which can be seen for miles around and forms part of Hartlepool’s skyline, is being flattened as part of work to clear the former chemical works site.
The prize of pushing the button will be raffled off to raise vital funds for Hartlepool & District Hospice and Hartlepool RNLI.
Steetley Chimney Blast tickets cost £1 and the structure is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, July 29.
The controversial site, plagued by arsonists and trespassers in recent years, is being cleared five years after the Hartlepool Mail launched a campaign to get the area made safe.
Mayor Stuart Drummond nominated the charities and will draw the winning ticket on Wednesday, July 18.
Mayor Drummond said: “The Steetley chimney is one of the best-known landmarks in town and it will be quite a spectacle when it comes down.
“This is an innovative and unique way of raising funds for two very good causes, dear to the hearts of people in Hartlepool.”
The winning ticket holder gets to press the button and also wins an iPad.
Second prize is a sea fishing trip for four adults and six children and third prize is a luxury weekend break for two.
Fourth prize is £100 Marks & Spencer voucher. There are plus plenty of other prizes available.
Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be involved in what is going to be a significant event for the town.
“We were pleased to be approached and we are looking forward to working alongside the RNLI.”
Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, said: “The RNLI is proud to be one of the Mayor’s nominated charities for such a high profile event.
“The RNLI rely on voluntary contributions and all the money we receive from the raffle will go to train our volunteer crew members to help save lives at sea.”
Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the Steetley site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings and the work is well under way at the Old Cemetery Road location.
The operation will see the remains of existing hazardous structures demolished, debris cleared and the land levelled off ready for its future use.
The owners have planning permission for a £100m housing development of 484 seaview homes.
Phill Collings, remediation director for Sirius North East, said: “The works on the former Steetley Magnesia Works is a landmark remediation contract in the town and Sirius is delighted to be carrying out the works.
“We are passionate about putting something back into the community and being able to raffle the chimney demolition, we hope, will raise a significant donation to the very worthwhile charities of the RNLI and Hartlepool & District Hospice.”
Raffle tickets are now available from the Hospice reception, in Wells Avenue, and will be in Hospice shops throughout town next week.
Both charities will be selling tickets at the Diamond Festival, outside the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, between 10am and 5pm.
Any business interested in selling raffle tickets should call the Hospice on (01429) 855529.