Drama group’s ‘knock-out’ fundraising effort of £952!

Greg Hildreth (front 3rd right) with Shout Your Mouth Off members
Greg Hildreth (front 3rd right) with Shout Your Mouth Off members

AN ENERGETIC drama group put their scripts to one side for just a day to raise money for a Hartlepool charity instead.

Shoot Your Mouth Off – a drama group based in Hartlepool for people with disabilities – took part in a high-octane event in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The hospice organised the physically challenging obstacle course event called It’s a Knock-Out to raise money for its coffers and invited groups and individuals throughout the town and further afield to take part.

The Shoot Your Mouth Off members also decided to take up the challenge and had a fantastic day pushing themselves to the limit all in the name of charity.

And they managed to rake in £952 through sponsorship which has now been handed over to grateful hospice bosses.

Karen Sheader, who runs Shoot Your Mouth Off, said: “I’m really proud of all of our group who took part.

“They were buzzing for ages afterwards.

“Considering some of them have some physical problems none of them backed down from doing anything.

“It looked like they were having real good fun as well.”

Karen says she heard about the event, which was held at Hartlepool Rugby Club in Easington Road, Hartlepool, in July, after browsing the hospice’s website.

She suggested it to the members and received a keen response.

Six people, and one member of staff took part.

Karen said that one girl, Kimberley Johnson, raised half of the cash sum herself.

She said: “Kimberley did really well in raising as much as she did, and the others had a great response from sponsors as well.

“They did excellently on the day as well. They’d done a bit of training on the Wi-fit computer beforehand but that was it really.

“It was a brilliant day and they all had a ball.”