It’s time for people to join the volunteer army

GOOD CAUSE: Volunteers at work in a Barnardo's shop
GOOD CAUSE: Volunteers at work in a Barnardo's shop

COULD you be a volunteer for one of the biggest charities in the region?

Barnardo’s wants new recruits in Hartlepool to “help the charity continue its life-changing work across the North-East”.

 Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through project work, campaigning and research.

 Its outlook is that it can bring out the best in every child, whether their background issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.

 Last year, fundraising groups raised more than £360,000, which was used to help local children who have been abused, live in poverty or who have disabilities.

 Barnardo’s Community Fundraiser for the North-East, Janice Heathcote, said: “Our community fundraisers are a vital part of Barnardo’s. As well as raising money through running events they also raise awareness of the work we do.

“We would be lost without them.”

 For more details on how people can support the charity, contact Janice on 01756 798919, or email

l People in Hartlepool can also support Barnardo’s efforts to congratulate new Royal parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

By making a donation to the children’s charity, members of the public can play a personal part in the gifts for the royal baby.

To mark the royal birth, designer Cath Kidston is creating a hand-embroidered cashmere baby blanket, including some of the names of those who have donated, as well as bespoke wallpaper.

Once completed the baby blanket and wallpaper will be presented to Barnardo’s president HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, to be passed on to William and Kate.

To have your name appear on the blanket or wallpaper and to show your support for the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, visit: before Monday 1 September 2013.

The funds raised via the special gifts for the royal baby will go towards Barnardo’s North East’s work with vulnerable and disadvantaged parents and babies.

Steve Oversby, director of Barnardo’s North East, said: “We support parents to give their children the best start in life”