Hart Gables set to mark a decade of supporting Hartlepool’s LGBT community

Joanne Fairless, manager of Hart Gables, with one of the  trophies.
Joanne Fairless, manager of Hart Gables, with one of the trophies.

A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) charity is holding an awards night next week to mark its 10th anniversary.

Hart Gables, based in York Road, Hartlepool, started from humble beginnings in 1997 with just a couple of members.

The awards are to say a huge thankyou to those who helped

Joanne Fairless

The group went from strength to strength gaining more members as word spread, and it became registered with the Charity Commission on May 26, 2005.

On the same date next week, the organisation, which has offered support to dozens of people in the LGBT community, is hosting an awards night to commemorate the work of its volunteers and other groups around the town which has helped it get to where it is today.

The event will be held at The Avenue, in Lauder Street, Hartlepool, from 7pm, and there will also be live music.

Manager Joanne Fairless said: “Hart Gables are hosting a 10-Year Celebration Awards Night for past and present service users and organisations who we recognise for their positive work and contributions to LGBT services across Hartlepool.

“Hart Gables has been part of Hartlepool community for over 10 years on May 26, which in its self is a big achievement. We want to say thank you to all past and present service users and organisations across Hartlepool and the Tees Valley for helping Hart Gables.”

Seventeen awards will be presented, including trophies for Outstanding Volunteer and Oustanding Courage.