Wakey, wakey for Phoenix Centre challenge!

Some of the members of Central Correctors who will be taking part in the sponsored stay awak
Some of the members of Central Correctors who will be taking part in the sponsored stay awak

THERE will be tired eyes all round as a youth group get set for a sponsored stay awake.

The Central Correctors, based at the Phoenix Centre, in Hartlepool’s Central Estate, is taking on the challenge tomorrow night.

Around 30 youngsters will battle their tired eyes all night in a bid to raise money for the organisation.

The group, aged from five-17, have a host of activities lined up to try and help them through the tiring ordeal.

Project leader Charlene Twidale, who lives on the estate, said the youngsters are all looking forward to the challenge.

Charlene, 36, a mum of three who is married to Christopher, 35, a volunteer at Hartlepool MIND, said: “We did an event like this last year and the youngsters really enjoyed it.

“It’s all good fun and they keep themselves going through the night.

“There was some tired eyes by the time we finished last year though.”

Last year’s sponsored stay awake raised around £600 for the cause.

Charlene said she would be over the moon if they raked in close to that amount this time around.

“All of the money goes towards projects for the youngsters to enjoy,” added Charlene, a mum of Charmaine, 15, Chantelle, 13, and Colin, 10.

“The group raise all of the money themselves with different events like this one, they do really well.

“We have had help along the way but so far the youngsters have raised around £4,000.

“It makes a huge difference.”

Central Correctors was set up back in 2008 to give youngsters on the Central Estate something to do with their spare time.

They meet every week and offer the young residents a number of activities and fun and games to enjoy.

Charlene added: “We go on different trips and enjoy games in the Phoenix Centre.

“The youngsters seem to really enjoy themselves which is the main thing and they all get on very well.”