Jimmy raises £300 for cash-strapped youth club

BIG THANKS: Leanne Brown, activities project co-ordinator at Belle Vue Youth Club, is presented with �300 by Jimmy Croll. Below, Jimmy in his Santa suit.
BIG THANKS: Leanne Brown, activities project co-ordinator at Belle Vue Youth Club, is presented with �300 by Jimmy Croll. Below, Jimmy in his Santa suit.

A SUPER Santa has raised £300 for a cash-strapped youth club.

Hartlepool man Jimmy Croll has raised thousands of pounds for charity since 1999 with a unique and magical fundraiser, which sees him dress as Santa and visit kids throughout Hartlepool and further afield.

You better watch out because long-time Santa Jimmy Croll is just about to enter his 10th year donning the red suit and beard to raise cash for charity.

You better watch out because long-time Santa Jimmy Croll is just about to enter his 10th year donning the red suit and beard to raise cash for charity.

His charitable enterprise has raised thousands of pounds over the years, for various different causes.

And this last Christmas saw him pick the Belle Vue Youth Club, which is based in the Belle Vue Sports Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool.

The group helps to keep kids occupied and off the streets and runs for five nights a week, plus Saturday morning, for youngsters aged from five-years-old up to 19-years-old.

The club has no other regular source of income bar the 50p subs that the children get charged per session.

So Jimmy Claus thought the group could do with a financial helping hand.

And he has now handed over the £300 that he raised from being Father Christmas.

Leanne Brown, who is activity project co-ordinator for the youth group, said she could not thank Jimmy enough.

She said that the money will be spent on computer games and arts and crafts for the youths who use the service.

She said: “We all want to say a massive big thank-you to jimmy, we’re absolutely over the moon with the amount he’s raised.

“It will make such a big difference to us.

“We don’t get any money from anywhere, we normally have to fundraise ourselves to get resources so we are so pleased.”

The youth club, which can take up to 40 members, is held from Monday to Friday from 5.15pm until 6.45pm for five-to-11-year-olds.

A second session from 7pm until 8.45pm is held each night for the 11 to 19-year-olds.

There is also a Saturday morning breakfast club from 10am to 11.30am, which includes grub for the kids.

The sessions are priced at just 50p per child.