Fun day raises £700

Belle Vue Sports and Community Centre is to hold a New Year's Day fundraising event. Pictured, from left, are: Lauren Wilkinson of Hartlepool Families First, Taffy Horwood and centre manager Gordon Larkin.
Belle Vue Sports and Community Centre is to hold a New Year's Day fundraising event. Pictured, from left, are: Lauren Wilkinson of Hartlepool Families First, Taffy Horwood and centre manager Gordon Larkin.

TWO charities are £350 better off thanks to a new year fundraising fun day.

Residents helped raise much-needed funds for Hartlepool Families First and the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre’s Save Our Youth Club appeal at the fun-packed event.

In total £700 was raised, and that will be split between the two causes.

Hundreds of people packed into the Belle Vue Way Social Club, in Kendal Road, on New Year’s Day to help raise the funds.

There was a host of entertainment on offer at the annual fundraiser including bingo, fancy dress-themed karaoke and raffles.

Organiser Trevor Horwood, known as Taffy, said: “The event went well and we managed to raise £685 from the door receipts, bingo and raffle.

“We then added a further £15 to bring it up to £700 which will be shared between the two charities.”

The dad-of-four, who lives in Seaton Carew, added: “We had a great laugh and everybody went home happy.

“I would like to thank everyone that entered the karaoke competition and also Annette Stokes, Alan Clark, my daughter Natasha Horwood and wife Carole for their help and support.”

Gordon Larkin, centre manager at the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, said: “There was a great response from the local community to support the two charities.

“I would like to thank Trevor and Carole Horwood for nominating the two charities.”

The centre’s youth club provides a range of activities for youngsters after school throughout the week.

Paul Thompson, manager of Hartlepool Families First, said: “We are very grateful to Mr Horwood and overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Hartlepool in the difficult economic climate.

“The money will go towards providing our after school care for children with profound learning difficulties.”

The fun and games got underway at 2.30pm on New Year’s Day, with the karaoke competition being staged later that day.