A charity night for hospice

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A FUNDRAISER who read about the plight of a struggling hospice is doing all he can to boost its coffers.

Hartlepool man Dwane Douglas has regularly appeared in the Mail over recent years having raised thousands of pounds in memory of local people.

Now the 45-year-old has turned his attention to Hartlepool and District Hospice after hearing how the Wells Avenue facility could be forced to get rid of vital beds and axe jobs in a bid to stave off financial meltdown.

The well-loved hospice has already axed five staff in 12 months as the cash-strapped facility faces a race against time to meet its £2.5m-a-year running costs.

Touched by the hospice’s plight, kind-hearted Dwane, along with his pal Brian Minton, 46, are organising a charity night which will be held from 7pm on Easter Monday at the South Durham Social Club, in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool.

Dwane, who lives in the Rift House area of town and is married to Jacqueline, said: “When I read about the hospice I thought I had to do something.

“We are going to try and do a few fundraisers this year for it, maybe in August.”

Dwane, who is dad to Carly, 18 and Ryan, 16, has previously helped to organise similar charity nights.

One was held in September at Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club in memory of 21-year-old cable-puller Lee Moore, who died on April 24 last year. He was the son of Dwane’s friend Graham Moore.

Another was a funday at West Hartlepool Technical Day School Old Boys’ rugby club in memory of Dwane’s friend, labourer Gavin Mann, 40, who was killed in a motorbike accident in Thailand in 2009.

Hospice events and community facilitator Greg Hildreth said: “It’s fantastic that people are coming forward to do things like this for us.”

The hospice fundraiser will feature entertainment from town band Dry Ice, as well as raffles and bingo.

Admission is £2 on the door.