AN organisation that supports young people with profound learning or physical disabilities is set to benefit from a forthcoming reunion.
Bev Fowler is organising a reunion for anyone who left Manor Comprehensive School (now Manor College of Technology) in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
Bev appeared in the Mail four years ago, when she organised a similar event which raised £400 for Hartlepool and District Hospice in memory of schoolpal Tim Dickson, 35, who died from liposarcoma cancer in 2008, just a month before he was due to become a dad for the first time.
This time proceeds will go to Park Road-based Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group (HSNSG), as Bev voluntarily works with a boy with autism and has seen how the group helps provide respite care.
Bev, who turns 40 next month and lives on the town’s Brooke Estate with partner Rob Hammill, said: “A few people asked me if I would organise another one following the success of the last reunion, and this time I hope another fantastic local cause will benefit.
“It’s just great what HSNSG do - the breaks they provide parents with, the activities for kids and the activities for parents like nights out to the theatre.”
The Mail reported in 2009 that 120 former Manor students, including Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, attended the previous reunion at The Woodcutter, along with Tim’s parents Fred and Barbara Dickson.
Bev, a logistics manager for a communications company, said: “I hope we manage to top the previous number of people who attended and the amount of money raised.
“I have advertised the event on Facebook and now with the Hartlepool Mail and with your help I hope to get the message to people who aren’t on Facebook - it’s a fantastic way to get the message across to people who aren’t online.”
She said among those who have confirmed they will be attending are Louise Walton, Helen Simmons, Paul Martin and Gary Murray, who all attended the previous get-together.
The reunion will take place at The Woodcutter pub, in Kingsley Avenue, Hartlepool, from 7pm on Saturday, June 29. There will be a £2 charge on the door, which will go straight to the special needs support group.
Anyone wanting to find out more can search for ‘Manor School reunion - The 2nd chapter’ on Facebook.