Make a date for Valentine fundraiser

COMMUNITY centre bosses are appealing for brave fundraisers to join them in a dip to raise vital cash for youth services.

Staff at the Belle Vue Community Sports & Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool, are looking for volunteers to join them in braving the icy North Sea at Seaton Carew next month.

All of the cash raised from the Valentine's Day-themed dip, which is set to take place on Sunday, February 13, will go towards funding services at the popular centre.

Sue Wilson, 52, a receptionist at the centre, said: "We have arranged the Valentine's Day dip to raise funds for the centre and we are appealing for any brave souls interested in taking part and raising money for a good cause to give us a ring.

"Even if people just want to dip their toes in the sea that is fine, but the more the merrier.

"We haven't set a target as it is a case of every little helps and all of the money raised will go towards paying for activities and bills at the centre."

The mum-of-three, who is married to Alan Wilson, 50, and lives in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, added: "So far we have 10 people confirmed as taking part, but we would love to boost that number.

"We came up with the idea before Christmas when we were thinking of ways to raise money to help pay for activities at the club.

"Fancy dress is optional but it would be great to see lots of different people dressed up jumping into the sea."

There will be qualified first-aiders overseeing the event.

Registered dippers are asked to meet at the Sandy Car Park, off The Front at Seaton, for 10am on the day.

Centre bosses are also on the lookout for 75 volunteers to do a sponsored 160ft bungee jump from a crane to raise cash to help stop the centre's youth club from falling into financial problems.

The club currently provides for around 250 young people a week, aged five to 19-years-old.

But organisers say the financial outlook for the year is bleak so generous and brave souls are needed to help the club carry on.

Each jumper will need to raise 100, with costs for each jump at around 65 and 35 being donated to the youth club.

Any extra money can be donated to each jumper's charity or group of choice.

Businesses are also being sought to sponsor the day-long event in the centre's car park on Saturday, March 5, and to donate raffle prizes.

Anyone interested in taking part in either event is asked to register with the centre by calling (01429) 221832.