Or­na­men­tal moat is all the rage at firm

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Teenagers at a Peter­lee train­ing cen­tre splashed out on a new project.

And the trainees at the town’s in­dus­trial train­ing work­shop were not afraid to get their feet wet .

That’s be­cause they were bat­tling it out in a spon­sored run in the moat which runs around the work­shop’s Neville Road head­quar­ters.

The whacky races were only part of a mas­sive fundrais­ing drive by the teenage trainees, who have al­ready net­ted £250 for char­ity by holding spon­sored foot­ball matched and cash col­lec­tions in Peter­lee’s shop­ping cen­tre.

Work­shop man­ager Eric Whit­field said the moat run was ar­ranged as a change from the usual crop of spon­sored sports events.

“It’s some­thing the trainees have or­gan­ised them­selves, as a bit of fun which is help­ing two very good causes at the same time,” he said.

“All the money we raise is go­ing to sup­port the Thorpe Hos­pi­tal geri­atric unit near Eas­ing­ton and also to­wards MEN­CAP.”

Back on dry land in­side the work­shops, the teenagers also helped at a Christ­mas fair, with Santa Claus in at­ten­dance to de­light the young­sters.

Wait­ing pa­tiently to grab a bar­gain.

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