Two vital charities have been given over £11,000 each after benefiting from a charity drive.
Councillor Rob Cook, the Mayor of Hartlepool chose Bloodwise and Great North Air Ambulance Service as his nominated charities during his year in civic office which came to an end yesterday.
Representatives from the two charities met up with the Mayor and Mayoress - Mrs Brenda Cook - in the Mayor’s Parlour to each receive £11,285 before a gathering of councillors and council officers.
Money was raised following a wide range of events during the last 12 months including a civic dinner, food and quiz nights, car boot sales, coffee mornings and tombolas.
There was also a raffle to switch on the town’s Christmas Lights with Coronation Street’s Samia Ghadie.
Coun Cook said: “I would like to thank everyone for all the help and support in raising so much money for two very worthy causes.
“Bloodwise and Great North Air Ambulance are both charities which are very close to my heart and I know that the money raised will be put to excellent use helping to save many people’s lives.
“Bloodwise undertake vital research to help beat many forms of blood cancer, whilst Great North Air Ambulance does fantastic work in our area coming to people’s rescue at a time of great need.”
Lauren Syms, of Bloodwise, said: “Such a wide variety of activities have been held over the year resulting in a truly staggering amount raised. The support of the Mayor and Mayoress will help us continue to invest in ground-breaking research into blood cancer and supporting patients.”
Harriet Langston, of Great North Air Ambulance Service, said: “It is a phenomenal achievement to have raised such a grand sum and for that we are truly grateful. I hope that if all those involved in the fundraising see our air ambulance hovering above the skies of Hartlepool that they feel very proud, because they should. The money donated will go towards saving lives across the region.”