Plumbers tap in to toy appeal

TWO generous plumbers became Santa's helpers when they delivered a van full of toys for a charity Christmas appeal.

James Chapman, 32, and Graeme Feeney, 33, were delivering a bathroom suite in Hartlepool when they heard about Radio Hartlepool's Gifts for Christmas Appeal for Barnardo's.

James and Graeme, who have worked at Bella Bathrooms in Darlington for four years, heard the appeal on the radio before they went along to B&M, at Highlight Retail Park, Hartlepool, and stocked up on an array of toys and gifts for children who are in need during the festive season.

James, of Bishop Auckland, said: "We always listen to Radio Hartlepool when we come into the town and when we heard about this appeal we decided that we wanted to do something for the kids."

Graeme, of Darlington, added: "Christmas is a special time for children, so we just thought why not?

"We popped along to the shop, filled our van with toys using our own money, and came along to the radio station to drop them off."

Radio Hartlepool broadcaster and managing director Jason Anderson said: "It just goes to show the generosity of people, not only those in Hartlepool, but of those in surrounding areas.

"We have had an amazing response from people for this appeal and their generosity now means that many kids this Christmas are now not going to be left out."