Hartlepool charity appeals for ‘festive chair’

Jacqui Gettings inside of the new Park Road office of Epilepsy Outlook
Jacqui Gettings inside of the new Park Road office of Epilepsy Outlook

A CHARITY is calling on the people of Hartlepool to spare them a thought when they’re doing a pre-Christmas cleanout of their homes.

Epilepsy Outlook is appealing for people to donate furniture to their Park Road base in the town – and they say charity officials can even come and collect the furniture themselves.

 It also wants people to donate toys if they have got young ones and they are making space for a new set of presents to be delivered this Christmas.

 Epilepsy Outlook has moved its headquarters and its popular weekly art club from York Road to a base just round the corner in The Arches, in Park Road in Hartlepool.

 But the well-used cause is still continuing to run its two charity shops, in York Road and Oxford Road, as well as taking donations of furniture at Park Road.

 Operations manager, Jacqui Gettings, said: “We are getting towards Christmas and we are after donations for our charity shops. We would like to remind people to give us a ring if they need us to collect.

 “The items they might want to leave to us would be pieces of furniture such as a three-piece suite or tables.”

 Anyone wanting to hand over furniture can do so by calling Epilepsy Outlook on (01429) 297008.

 The charity also wants donations of toys and it is encouraging people to call in with donations to either the York Road or Oxford Road branch.

 Epilepsy Outlook would also like more people to come along to its art club meetings which are held on Tuesdays at its headquarters in Park Road.

Jacqui said: “The meetings are held on Tuesdays from 9.30am to noon, and on the same day from 1pm to 3.30pm. It is there for people of all abilities.

 “Some of the people who come along just want the space to do their own thing. Then there’s others who have never done this sort of thing before. They have never painted or used watercolours or acrylics.

 “The beauty of our group is we have a tutor on hand to find out what people are interested in.”

The main aim of Epilepsy Outlook is to support people with epilepsy and it runs many facilities for them. It also has a team of volunteers who help to keep the operation thriving.

 Anyone who would like to find out more about Epilepsy Outlook, or who would like to volunteer for the worthy cause, should contact (01429) 297007.