A knees-up with Kate and Wills

CAFE ROYAL: Pictured in party mood as the Royal Wedding approaches are Hartlepool and District Hospice staff members (left to right) Sue Hutchinson, Heather Franks, Sandra Britten, Alison Emerson, Stephen Fleetham and Greig Hildreth.
CAFE ROYAL: Pictured in party mood as the Royal Wedding approaches are Hartlepool and District Hospice staff members (left to right) Sue Hutchinson, Heather Franks, Sandra Britten, Alison Emerson, Stephen Fleetham and Greig Hildreth.

CELEBRATE the Royal Wedding and support your hospice.

That’s the message from staff at the Hartlepool and District Hospice, who are urging town residents in Hartlepool to have a good-old Royal “knees-up” and raise money for the local charity in the process.

People throughout Hartlepool are hard at work with their own ideas for how they will celebrate Prince William and Kate Middleton tying the knot later this month.

And the hospice is on the lookout to recruit as many groups or individuals as possible who have their own quirky and original ideas for the big day.

There are no time, date or event restrictions and bosses at the Wells Avenue-based facility say by asking family and friends for small donations towards an event, people can help to raise vital funds for the cause.

The charity even has its own Royal Wedding invitation poster which people can use to advertise their ideas.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “Your event could be as simple or ambitious as you want it to be with ideas ranging from a coffee morning or afternoon tea to a garden party or themed evening event.

“The only limit is your imagination.

“The more original the better.

“We have already had a good response with people coming forward and hopefully we will get even more before the big day.

“People don’t have to have their events on the actual day of the wedding.

“They could choose to organise a party for the day before or after.

“We know how creative and supportive people in Hartlepool can be and I think there will be some fantastic ideas.”

Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall said: “The Royal Wedding gives everyone a fantastic opportunity to have a good old fashioned knees up.

“Please send us your photographs so we can get involved with the fun.”

Anyone who wants to register their event or discuss fundraising ideas should call the hospice on (01429) 855529.