Haswell charity boss feels the need for speed

Sep 3, 2019 | Local News

The chief executive of a local charity is taking part in a new local event that tests people’s skills and nerves.

Hayley Hood, CEO of Haswell & District Mencap is representing the charity in the inaugural Soapbox Bogey Derby, organised by Peterlee Town Council.

The event is taking place on Saturday, September 14, at Woodhouse Park in Peterlee and sees groups and individuals attempt to make it down the course in homemade carts.

Hayley said: “I’ll be doing my best not to tip out or crash into the obstacles and make it to the end! I’m really stepping out of my comfort zone and running the gauntlet that is the Soapbox Bogey Derby.”

The purpose of Hayley’s effort is to help raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Hayley added: “Haswell & District Mencap is a charity close to my heart, a charity founded by my amazing Mam and operating from a building which carries my late sister’s name – The Lisa Dixon Centre.”

“However we have become not only a place for people with learning disabilities and their families but for the wider community too. We need funds to continue to provide for so many families right across East Durham.”

You can support Hayley’s fundraising efforts by visiting her JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hayley-hood3