Business bosses across Hartlepool have helped a charity to enjoy a funding boost.
A cheque for £1,800 has been handed to the town-based Red Dreams cause thanks to money raised at the Hartlepool Business Awards raffle.
We never expected Red Dreams to be even a quarter of the size it is now. It has grown very quicklyDawn McManus, founder of Red Dreams
Charity manager and founder Dawn McManus said: “We are flabbergasted at this.”
She said the money could not have come at a better time as the charity, which helps youngsters to raise their self esteem through the arts, was busier than ever.
It now has 16 apprentices on its books and is helping more youngsters than ever with around 5,000 people now involved in the group.
Dawn added: “This money is going to really help. It is a massive amount.”
Red Dreams works across a number of creative sectors including photography, vocal coaching, instrument tuition, band rehearsal and mentoring.
It also works in areas such as film-making and editing, and music recording - all from its base at Whitby Street South.
The money received came from the recent Hartlepool Business Awards held at the Borough Hall.
Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel said: “I want to thank all the people who attended the awards and helped make it such a success.
“Red Dreams is a great local charity which will really benefit. The businesses which donated can really feel pleased that their donations are helping people in the town.
“For me, this donation is the icing on the cake of a great event where we had lots of new entries.”