Charity champs put smiles on faces of Hartlepool children this Christmas

Ste Cotson, left, and Kyle Jeffries launched a shoebox appeal, and were delighted by the amount of donations which came in, which topped 100.
Ste Cotson, left, and Kyle Jeffries launched a shoebox appeal, and were delighted by the amount of donations which came in, which topped 100.

A pair of pals who have proved themselves as charity champions came up trumps again this Christmas as they helped to make children in Hartlepool smile.

Ste Cotson and Kyle Jeffries appealed for donations from the public, asking parents to send in their children’s old Christmas presents and toys.

We want Hartlepool to be united again and for us to work together with other businesses and the community

Ste Cotson

About 120 donations were made, with the toys going to charities across Hartlepool in time for Christmas having gone into shoeboxes.

Mr Cotson and Mr Jeffries run the Six Week Challenge, a training programme which aims to get people in Hartlepool fitter. They have also been involved in several charity projects, including a recent challenge to help raise the awareness of homelessness in the town.

Mr Cotson said: “The reason we did this appeal was to follow on from our homeless campaign, as we realised then how unfortunate some people are.

“It’s not only adults who have things hard. It’s the children too.

“Christmas is meant to be the happiest time of the year to celebrate with your family and loved ones.

“It’s a time of eating well and giving presents, but not all children have that luxury. So it’s nice to be able to make someone smile.”

Mr Cotson added: “The response we had was incredible. My phone was non-stop, and the people from our sessions contributed.

“It’s coming up to our third year of being self-employed, and we’ve got so much more to achieve.

“We want Hartlepool to be united again and for us to work together with other businesses and the community. This town is a great place, but someone needs to remind everyone of how great it is. And that’s what we are trying to do.

“If me and Kyle can make a big difference to the lives of others, imagine what we can do as a town supporting the local people of Hartlepool.”