Naming lamp is a bright idea for Hartlepool charity

MINNIE MARVEL: Lamp designer Neville Herron (left) and Kev McLean make the draw for the competition
MINNIE MARVEL: Lamp designer Neville Herron (left) and Kev McLean make the draw for the competition

A UNIQUE lamp has been given away as a prize in an unusual competition which raised cash for charity.

Kev’s Klub, a disability support group in Ormesby Road, Hartlepool, ran a name the lamp competition.

Hartlepool’s Neville Herron, 46, runs business Re-Conditioned Turbos and Upcycled Homewares, in Tofts Road West, Hartlepool, and donated one of his homemade lamps made from part of a turbo engine.

All but one of Neville’s lamps have names and for a £1 entry fee people could enter with their unique names for the black study lamp.

Some of the names entered included Aladdin, Onesie, Genie, Lamp and the club’s own entry, Kev, with the competition raising £81 for club funds.

The names were placed into a bag and Neville picked out Minnie from Muriel Forcer, from Hartlepool, who was delighted with the lamp which was made from the cog of a turbo engine.

Former University of Teesside student Neville said: “Kev’s Klub is not a charity that is up in flashing lights. It is just a brilliant group for local people with disabilities.”

Kev’s Klub was set up by support worker Kev McLean, 55, and his wife Allison, 44, in 2005 to get adults suffering from disability or illness involved with community activities.

Neville’s creations are receiving national attention since the competition and the editor of Top Gear magazine has bought a lamp called Ziggy.

Care worker Allison, of Hartlepool, said: “Everything Neville makes is always weird, wonderful and wacky. I believe for this particular lamp he used a recycled part of a gear wheel for the base.”

She added: “I had a fruit bowl commissioned which uses the glass door of a washing machine and has a spark plug and other mechanical parts.”

Kev’s Klub also received £100 from the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, as the pub’s charity of the month and used the £181 total to buy raffle and bingo prizes for club members.