Charities start year on high note thanks to Hartlepool Male Voice Choir

GRATEFUL RECIPIENT: Livvy Dunn, of Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, accepts the group's donation from choir members Duncan Graham, left, and Phil Holbrook, right
GRATEFUL RECIPIENT: Livvy Dunn, of Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, accepts the group's donation from choir members Duncan Graham, left, and Phil Holbrook, right

FIVE town charities have started 2015 on a high note thanks to support from a popular choir.

Hartlepool Male Voice Choir has helped a range of groups that work with everyone from the disabled and heart patients to the tune of £1,250.

Back row choir members Phil Holbrook, Doug Laughton, Duncan Graham, Glynis Hansen (Hartlepool Sportability Club), Ivor Matthews, Mick Waller, Joan Parker (Sportability) and Albert Armstrong (Hartlepool Heart Support Group).'Front - Liz Lyth and Susan Quigley of the White Crane Tai Chi group, and Joan Spears, of the Hartlepool Parkinsons UK branch

Back row choir members Phil Holbrook, Doug Laughton, Duncan Graham, Glynis Hansen (Hartlepool Sportability Club), Ivor Matthews, Mick Waller, Joan Parker (Sportability) and Albert Armstrong (Hartlepool Heart Support Group).'Front - Liz Lyth and Susan Quigley of the White Crane Tai Chi group, and Joan Spears, of the Hartlepool Parkinsons UK branch

Each group has received £250 towards their work from the proceeds of the choir’s Christmas concert.

Choir chairman Duncan Graham said: “Sometimes we adopt big causes as our charities of the year like the hospice and lifeboats.

“But there are lots of smaller voluntary groups going in the town and we quite like to spread the money around a bit.

“A lot of the groups we have chosen to support came from members’ suggestions who know about them.

“They are always local. We also do our bit for national charities such as Cancer Research UK when we sing at the Royal Albert Hall.”

Hartlepool Sportability Club, which helps disabled people access sports, was one of the beneficiaries.

The group meets at Healdland Sports Hall every Tuesday night.

Glynis Hansen, who helps run the group, said: “We are always looking for funds to pay for coaches and do extra sports.
“Every charity struggles now so this money is brilliant.”

Hartlepool’s Parkinson’s UK support group which offers help to sufferers and carers, and a town Heart Support Group also benefited from the choir.

Albert Armstrong from the heart group, which runs a weekly exercise class at Mill House Leisure Centre, said: “The choir does a fabulous job. They support charities and give Hartlepool a great reputation.” Livvy Dunn accepted the donation for Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group, which is based in Park Road and provide help and support to disabled children, young adults and their families.

The final group to receive one of the cash boosts was Hartlepool White Crane Tai Chi Group which runs classes across town.

Treasurer Susan Quigley said: “We have been going for 10 years now and have had grants from quite a few sources over the years and we are always very grateful to have them.”