Craig Harrison and his wife Danielle threw an extra special Christmas Party at Victoria Park Wednesday afternoon for 16 of the town’s most deserving primary school children.
The Pools boss was keen to give something back to the local community to help town youngsters enjoy a memorable festive period and so linked up with Hartlepool Virtual School at Hartlepool Borough Council.
He and Danielle then dipped in to their own pockets to provide everything for a festive party at The Vic which included fun games and competitions, a buffet lunch and even a visit from Santa Claus himself who came bearing a bag of gifts for each of the children.
Danielle – who dressed as the Fairy Godmother – is a children’s entertainer and dance instructor so led the games with the star-struck youngsters who came from various schools across the town.
“A couple of months ago we were starting our Christmas shopping for our five-year-old daughter, Ruby-Blu,” explained boss Harrison.
“It struck us just how lucky we are to be able to buy her most of what she wants for Christmas and we got talking about how we could try and make an impact on children in Hartlepool who might not be that fortunate.
“Lucy Cumming from Hartlepool Virtual School helped us arrange the party with boys and girls of a similar age to Ruby-Blu and it was just perfect really for what we wanted to do.
“We bought them all presents such as slipper-socks, hats and gloves, selection boxes and games – and I think the sparkly unicorn pyjamas some of the girls were given went down particularly well.
“I’m not going to lie, there were some pretty emotional moments but seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces and how much fun they were having was a very humbling experience.”
Lucy Cumming added: “Hartlepool Virtual School would like to thank Craig and Danielle for organising and delivering such a memorable afternoon for our young children.
“The experience they were given will be life-changing for some of the children and without will be something they will remember for many years to come.”