£850 raised for air ambulance

A BANK holiday fun day raised hundreds of pounds for the air ambulance service.

Hartlepool’s Richardsons & Westgarth Sports and Social Club opened its doors to the local community on Monday for the annual event.

Scores of people and children enjoyed various fun activities including bouncy castles, face-painting and karaoke.

Organisers hailed the day as “fantastic” after it raised £850 for the Great North Air Ambulance service.

Steve Egan, entertainments secretary said: “It was absolutely brilliant. We had a great day and night and are very happy with how much we raised.

“It was packed with kids on the afternoon.”

During the day the club on Winterbottom Avenue entertained children with a variety of bouncy castles, fancy dress competition, karaoke singing and facepainting.

Then on the night, the adults let their when they enjoyed live music from singer Holly Hudson.

Bingo, raffles and tombolas throughout the day also added to the total.

The club has supported numerous good causes over the years including Hartlepool & District Hospice and Hartlepool RNLI.

But it has been several years since they collected for the air ambulance service.

The service needs to raise £4m a year to keep its three helicopters flying.