Powerstation Club members donate to local disabled charity

Members from the former Hartlepool Powerstation Sports and Social Clubs called into York Road based charity, Hartlepool Families First, last week to show their support and make a donation of £1000.

Members of the Hartlepool Powerstation Sports and Social Club took the tough decision last September to close the club due to escalating maintenance costs and dwindling support. The Club, based within the grounds of the Hartlepool Powerstation was a wooden building and had occupied the site since the club first opened in 1985.

When the club closed in September 2016, members decided to dispose of items within the club, some of which generated funds. Over £5000 has been raised and now the members are distributing this to local good causes across Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Families First was one of them causes and gratefully received the donation during one of its weekly parent & toddler sessions.

Hartlepool Families First was established in 1988 and has a long track record of supporting children and young people with special and additional needs and their families. They also operate other successful projects such as the HealthBus, Café One77 and the 3F’s Elderly Support Service.

Keith Kitching, Treasurer of the former Powerstation Sports and Social Club, said “It was sad to see a once popular club close its doors last year and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. However, it’s great to see that organisations, such as Hartlepool Families First, use the funds to support youngsters across the town”.

Bill Braithwaite, Secretary of the former club, added “There are lots of great causes in Hartlepool that we could have made donation towards. Hartlepool Families First struck a particular cord though because of its wide reaching work, particularly supporting those with disabilities and additional needs”.

Manager of Hartlepool Families First, Paul Thompson, said “We are very grateful to the former club members and management committee for their donation. Their support will help to both strengthen and secure the work that we do to support some of Hartlepool’s most vulnerable children and young people. We could not operate our services without generations donations from amazing people like these”.

To learn more about the work of Hartlepool Families First, visit the website at www.hartlepoolfamiliesfirst.org.uk or contact the Manager on 01429 867016.