Staying awake for dream event

Red Dreams members pictured after their fundraising event at their Whitby Street South base.
Red Dreams members pictured after their fundraising event at their Whitby Street South base.

THESE volunteers deserve some shut-eye after staying awake for a mammoth charity challenge.

Members and supporters of Hartlepool-based creative charity, Red Dreams, stayed awake for a staggering 52 hours to raise money during a Wake-a-thon.

Charity founder Ian McManus, along with Peter Davies, Andrew Sharpe, Casey Smith, Dalton Lamplough and Chloe Gibson, stayed awake at Red Dreams’ base in Whitby Street South from arriving on Friday at 9am until leaving yesterday at 1pm.

Throughout the weekend, which was streamed live on Red Dreams’ own internet station at, band members played 18 half-hour live music sets, took part in a Mastermind session, as well as a Man Versus Food challenge, with the volunteers tackling gut-busting grub.

Ian, 41, set up the talent nurturing charity with 41-year-old wife Dawn, a former teacher, after their 16-year-old son, Kyle, tragically died of a brain haemorrhage in 2007.

He said: “By the end, everyone was ready for bed, we’d all been like nodding dogs.

“From about 4am til 7am on both days we were almost dropping off.

“But we would all of a sudden get a second wind, especially when people started coming in to rehearse for the ‘live lounges’.”

Other Red Dreams members also dropped by during each day to join in the event and others took part in the Wake-a-thon at home, with some lasting up to 19 hours.

The Wake-a-thon has attracted around 6,000 hits online so far.

The group hopes to top last year’s event, which raised around £600.

Ian, a civil servant from Lennox Walk, added: “It’s been phenomenal.

“It was just a great atmosphere, with everyone pulling together.”

There is still time to sponsor the Wake-a-thon by texting KYLE07 followed by the amount you would like to sponsor to 70070.