A fright success

The Heugh Gun Battery is planning a Halloween 'Deadland' event complete with ghost walks. Pictured, from left, are:Michael Holt, David Holt, Oliver McAleavey and Georgia Hart.
The Heugh Gun Battery is planning a Halloween 'Deadland' event complete with ghost walks. Pictured, from left, are:Michael Holt, David Holt, Oliver McAleavey and Georgia Hart.

THE organisers of a thrilling Halloween horror night at the Heugh are delighted to have raised £300 for good causes thanks to their efforts.

That money will now be split between the Heugh Gun Battery Trust and the Save A Hart appeal, supporting brave Hartlepool teenager Georgia Hart.

Dozens of people were in for a fright when they spent their Halloween walking around the Heugh bracing themselves for frightening characters diving out in front of them.

The live action-horror experience, titled Hartlepool Deadland, was organised by Michael Holt, 24, from Dalton Piercy.

He got together a haunting team who donned terrifying outfits and spooked everyone who went along to the event on the night.

But as well as ensuring they put on an entertaining show, the main motivation for Michael and the team was to raise as much money as possible for their two chosen causes.

“We didn’t set a specific target beforehand,” said salesman Michael.

“But we’ve counted all of the money and we are delighted to have raised £300.

“That will be split 50/50 between the Heugh Gun Battery Trust and the Save A Hart appeal.”

Save A Hart was launched earlier this year to raise money to send 16-year-old Georgia to America for pioneering treatment after she was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a progressive, inherited disease that attacks and damages the central nervous system resulting in co-ordination and balance problems.

And after the success of this year’s Halloween event, Michael said discussions have already started about what they can do next year.

“The response and feedback we had was great,” he added.

“Now we want to make it even better next time.”