THE banter is building as teams from throughout the town are preparing to lock horns in aid of their local hospice.
So far, 15 teams have registered for Hartlepool & District Hospice’s very first It’s A Knockout competition, which is now just seven days away.
A variety of teams will battle it out in the live action version of the TV series made famous in the 1980s – but hospice staff are urging residents or organisations to pull together a team and guarantee one of the remaining spots.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation team will be going for gold on the day.
Team captain Liam Lewis, who is also known for his appearance on ITV dating show Take Me Out, said: “We have got our eye on the prize and we want to show everyone that we have the winning team.
“We will be doing our best to shine on the day and hopefully help to raise lots of money for a very worthwhile cause.
“We welcome challengers to come and try to stop us!”
Another team hungry for the coveted first prize is Footprints Nursery, in Tees Street, in the town.
Lisa Henderson, team captain, added: “We are playing to win and aren’t afraid of giving it our all on the day to get the trophies for first place.
“We are looking forward to the challenge and more importantly giving our support to the hospice.
“May the best team win.”
The event will take place next Saturday, July 21, at Hartlepool Rugby Club, in Easington Road.
As well as the It’s A Knockout games running throughout the day, event organisers are also inviting friends and families of those taking place to go along on the day and support.
Food and drink, a raffle and tombola, face painting and more will also take place on the day.
The remaining team places are filling up fast.
To take part in the event or for more information contact Greg Hildreth at the hospice on (01429) 855529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively teams can register by visiting www.hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.
It costs £100 for a team of 10 to enter the competition and participants are asked to seek sponsorship in aid of the Wells Avenue-based hospice.