Hartlepool Steetley chimney demolition raises charity funds

The Steetley chimney
Image caption The chimney will be demolished on Sunday 29 July

About £4,000 has been raised by people wanting to blow up a chimney in Hartlepool.

The chimney at the Steetley site will be demolished on 29 July as part of work to clear the former chemical site.

The prize of pushing the button to demolish the 230ft (70m) tall structure is being raffled off to the public.

Money from the tickets will be donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Hartlepool and District Hospice.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said she was "absolutely delighted" with the number of tickets sold.

Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, said: "All the money received by the RNLI will go towards training and equipping our volunteer crew members to help save lives at sea."

The mayor of Hartlepool, Stuart Drummond, will draw the winning ticket on Wednesday 18 July.

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