Charity’s delight at £10k help

A CHARITY that supports disabled people has picked up a £10,000 windfall from one of Hartlepool’s largest firms.

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group has been given the cash by fabrication yard Heerema Hartlepool and BP.

Managers told of their delight at the unexpected size of the donation which will help to provide key staff, new equipment and activities for users of the service.

The group, based at 109 Park Road, supports young people with physical or learning disabilities and their families.

The money was raised by Heerema Hartlepool through a safety incentive scheme run at its yard in Greenland Road.

Group manager Pat Allison said: “When we were told how much it was we were delighted because in these economic times we are struggling with funding.

“It has really come at the right time for us.”

The £10,000 will go towards funding managerial and admin staff, repairs to the building, wider internet access for clients and a confetti machine for its drama group.

The donation will also help replace expensive light bulbs for the group’s specialist light room, some office chairs and activities for members.

Mrs Allison said: “Heerema contacted us and we talked about what we would like and there were some things they were keen on the money being used for.

“They have supported us over the years and we keep in touch about what we are doing but this was like Christmas so we are really grateful to them.”

Ian Musgrave, a manager at Heerema Hartlepool, said: “The excellent safety record at the yard enabled the donation to be made to the deserving cause.”

Heerema Hartlepool has been able to support a host of local charities and worthwhile causes thanks to the safety initiative scheme including Hartlepool Carers, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Great North Air Ambulance.