Decorating marathon for charity

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CHARITY workers turned pots of paint into pots of cash during a 48-hour decorating marathon.

Scott Chapman and Tony Mann coated every inch of Cafe One77, in York Road, Hartlepool, during their sponsored two-day paint-a-thon.

The duo, who both work at the charity, raised more than £500, which will be split between charities Red Dreams and Hartlepool Families First.

Scott, 16, a support worker at the community centre for young people, said: “We painted everywhere; walls, doors, everything. You could say it was very tiring.

“We were sick of brushes at the end and couldn’t get rid of the smell of gloss for a while.

“It was a big job. We did the big cafe area, all the hallways, the doors and frames and had to cover three floors in total.

“The good thing is we won’t have to do any more painting for a while.”

Scott, from the Fens area of town, and Tony, 43, a caretaker from Dyke House, had the idea after volunteers at Red Dreams, a creative arts charity in Whitby Street South, held a 48-hour wake-a-thon.

The Red Dreams trio of Ian McManus, 41, Peter Davies, 19, and Andy Sharpe, 20, stayed awake for two days while recording bands, doing interviews and challenges to raise £600.

Scott added: “We wanted to take part in that but I wasn’t very well at the time so we thought we’d do our own.

“It went really well and we had a lot of support.

“We were happy to have raised well over £500 for the charities.”

They were helped in their epic DIY job by fellow Cafe One77 workers, friends and family who popped in for a couple of hours to help them out.