A PENSIONER has been treated in hospital following a collision with a cyclist.

The 72-year-old woman was admitted to the University Hospital of Hartlepool after the collision with the pedal cyclist, believed to be in his mid-teens, outside her home in Marlowe Avenue in the town. The youth left the scene of the accident at about 4.15pm on Tuesday. The woman sustained a broken arm and wrist. The cyclist, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to call PC Michael Stephenson on (01642) 301558.

CRAFT FAIRS: Following the success of its Christmas craft fair, the Hartlepool and District Hospice is holding two summer fairs and is looking for craftspeople to take part. The fairs will take place on Saturday, June 14, at East Durham and Houghall College, in Peterlee, and on Saturday, June 21, at the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool. For details, call (01429) 288252.

RAFTING CHALLENGE: The Children's Foundation is looking for people to take part in a white-water rafting challenge on Thursday, July 17, at Teesside White Water Course, Tees Barrage, Stockton. Each participant is asked to raise at least £60, with a prize for the person who raises the most. Experience of rafting is not necessary. To book a place, call 0191-202 3005.

PHOTO COURSES: Photography courses are being offered at Redcar Adult Learning Centre. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, from April 29, and on Friday mornings, from May 2. To book, call (01642) 475397.

NEW APPOINTMENT: The NHS Appointments Commission has appointed councillor Jean O'Donnell, the mayor of Stockton, to the role of non-executive director of North Tees Primary Care Trust for a four-year term of office.