Officers’ cash boost for youth club

A COMMUNITY centre has received a cash boost thanks to the kindhearted donation of an award-winning police officer.

PC Mark Doherty was handed £150 to be given to the charity of his choice, after being named as Hartlepool and Cleveland Police Neighbourhood Officer of the year

The generous cop decided he would put the cash back into the local community and alongwith PCSO Jamie Swainston, who was crowned the Hartlepool Police Community Support Officer of the Year, they handed the money over to the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre.

The cash will provide a huge boost for the Kendal Road-based centre and delighted staff.

PC Doherty was nominated for the award for the work he had undertaken in the Stranton ward of town.

He said: “I was honoured to not only receive this award, but also receive the award for Cleveland Police Neighbourhood Officer of the Year.

“For me, the award represented not only the work I had undertaken, but also that of the partner agencies and the community as a whole who me nominated me and supported the work I was doing.

“Similar work was being undertaken by PCSO Jamie Swainston in the Foggy Furze area of the town and Jamie also received a nomination for Hartlepool Police Community Support Officer of the Year, which he was duly awarded.

“As both Jamie and I worked together on the Central Neighbourhood Team, in Hartlepool, we decided that the cash would be donated to the Belle Vue Centre where the manager hosts a youth club providing diversionary activities for the local youths.

“The club is well attended and provides a number of activities.”

Alex Sedgwick, the general manager of the Belle Vue Youth Club, said: “The success of the Belle Vue Youth Club is dependant on the support of the whole community and we are therefore very grateful for this donation.”