Helping keep vital bus on road

Driver of the 5p bus Eric Walker looks on as Denise Morrison helps out after she presented him with a cheque for �120.
Driver of the 5p bus Eric Walker looks on as Denise Morrison helps out after she presented him with a cheque for �120.

A MOBILE lifeline to hundreds of Hartlepool families has received a boost after schoolpals took a trip down Memory Lane.

Denise Morrison (nee McKie) organised a reunion for anyone who attended Hartlepool’s English Martyrs School when it first opened, in 1973.

Proceeds from the get-together at Hartlepool Catholic Club saw £240 raised, with half going to St Cuthbert’s Care Home, which provides the 5p Bus that travels around the region, including Hartlepool, selling clothing and essential items for just 5p each.

The other half is going to the town branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Denise, 52, said: “The people that were at the reunion really enjoyed it.”

She thanked Asda for donating a soft toy for the charity raffle held on the night and the Catholic Club for hosting the night.

The Brooke Estate resident is a carer and Hartlepool Carers encouraged her to organise the event as a form of respite. She chose the two charities as they help local people.

St Cuthbert’s Care community services manager Kathleen Urwin said: “We are extremely grateful to Denise for her long-standing support and for the funds she has raised with her reunion. Every penny of every donation we receive is used to keep the 5p Bus on the road and makes a significant difference to those visiting the bus.”