HARTLEPOOL cheerleaders will put their gymnastic skills to good use this weekend in a tiring challenge for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
While TV viewers be watching celebrities performing gymnastics in the hit new show Tumble, youngsters from the Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy will be doing their own version.
Sixty members of the academy will join in the mammoth 12-hour tumble at their headquarters in Moreland Street.
They are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the hospice which has touched many of their families’ lives.
The cheerleaders will take turns to perform tumbling techniques from 3pm on Saturday and will not stop until 3am on Sunday.
Beccii Taylor, Hartlepool Hawks’ head coach, said: “The hospice has touched so many lives and has helped so many different families.
“They are an amazing team of people and our team here at the Hawks would like to raise money to help these great people continue their work. Many of our coaches, cheerleaders and their families have had their own personal experiences with the hospice, it has helped their loved ones through difficult times and they all feel very strongly about this cause.”
The Hawks recently moved into their new purpose-built academy in Moreland Street, Hartlepool, which will provide the backdrop for the tough 12-hour tumble challenge.
The money they raise will help the hospice which needs to raise £2.4 million a year to continue to provide its range of services.
Hospice staff have thanked the Hawks for their brilliant support.
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser, said: “We wish the Hawks cheerleaders the best of luck with their 12 hour tumble and would like to thank them for choosing the hospice to be the beneficiary of their mammoth challenge.”
The hospice gets just under a quarter of its annual funding from the NHS.
That means it relies on members of the public for the remaining £1.7 million which goes on services for illnesses such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and heart disease.