Hartlepool business is Hungry to support town's £50,000 appeal to help young carers

The owners of a seaside coffee stand have urged more businesses to get behind a £50,000 appeal to fund a new respite caravan for young carers.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 5:40 pm

Karl Campbell and partner Dorota Bober have donated the Hungry Seagull’s full takings from a busy Saturday at Seaton Carew’s main car park to the PFC Trust’s UChangeLives25 campaign.

The pair have rounded up the £861 raised to £925 so that the number 25 is referenced - highlighting the average amount of hours a young carer does unpaid every week.

Karl said: “I would say to any business out there get behind this because it is such a good cause.

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PFC Trust founder Frances Connolly, left, receives the £925 cheque from the Hungry Seagull's owners Karl Campbell and Dorota Bobe
PFC Trust founder Frances Connolly, left, receives the £925 cheque from the Hungry Seagull's owners Karl Campbell and Dorota Bobe

“When the Big Town Tidy Up picked up rubbish where we are, we learned that they were doing it partly to raise money for UChangeLives25 too.

“It was a double cause, cleaning the area while helping the young kids who need a break, and we thought that is the right thing to do so we joined in.

“Through lockdown we have been grateful to be able to trade down by the beach, so it is nice to help out and give a bit back. I am sure people will help out after us.”

The PFC Trust, founded by Hartlepool couple Patrick and Frances Connolly after they won a £115m EuroMillions jackpot in 2019, hopes to reach its target in aid of Hartlepool Carers and Stockton-based Eastern Ravens by Good Friday, April 2.

Karl said: “It was great. On a windy day people were buying and then giving us some extra money.”

Carl Jorgeson, who runs the project on behalf of the trust along with Kelly Daley, said: “It is quite humbling when you think what businesses have gone through during a pandemic that a small local business wants to help the trust and Hartlepool carers by donating a full day’s takings.

“It is an incredible gesture and it will go a long way to getting that respite caravan. Hopefully more businesses will now join in.”

To join the appeal, which has raised more than £25,000 already, email [email protected] and outline your intentions.

Alternatively, donations can be made at justgiving.com/pfctrust or text UC25PFC 3 to 70085 (you can donate any amount by changing the number 3). Texts cost one standard rate message plus cost of donation.

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