A CHARITY is gearing up for two busy weekends of music and racing.
Hartlepool Families First is hosting two events to raise money for its own coffers to continue helping the youth and families of the town.
This Friday will see a musical event take place, called St Patrick’s Day Party.
And next Saturday there will be a Race Night, both being held at the charity’s base at Cafe One77, in York Road, Hartlepool.
The first of the two will see town performer Andy Oliver take to the stage and belt out a number of folk-style songs.
Marcus Myrie, senior fundraiser at the charity, said there are about 50 of 100 tickets remaining for the event, which has been sponsored by King Oswy Fish and Chips, and Platinum Computers, so people should snap them up fast.
He said: “We’ve got Andy Oliver playing at this weekend.
“He’s quite a well known local folk-type singer and this is the only goig he’s doing in Hartlepool before he’s jetting off on a tour in America.
“He decided to do it for usbecause he’s seen the kind of work that we do here at Hartlepool Families First so he wanted to put on an event as a fundraiser for us.
“We’re also providing food and beer and Guinness to keep in the St Patrick’s Day theme.”
The Race Night starts next week at 7.30pm until around 11pm.
Marcus added: “It’s a like a mini Cheltenham for the people of Hartlepool.
“They can watch racing on the big screen and then see if their horse comes in so they can win prizes.
“It will be great fun.”
Tickets for both events cost £3, with race night attendees getting a pie and pea supper in with the cost.
All the cash will be ploughed back into the valuable charity’s services such as its toy library, play schemes, street projects and health bus.
For further details about either of the events, or to buy tickets, telephone (01429) 867016 or visit www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk