A royal toast to hospice

King Oswy Drive residents and friends enjoy the garden party
King Oswy Drive residents and friends enjoy the garden party

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RESIDENTS in a supported housing complex toasted the Royal Wedding by handing over a cheque to bosses at a cash-strapped hospice.

King Oswy Drive residents and friends enjoy the garden party

King Oswy Drive residents and friends enjoy the garden party

Staff and residents at the Dimensions Supported Living service, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool raked in £297.20 for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The money was raised after staff threw a garden party to celebrate the newly-named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s marriage on Friday, April 29.

Around 50 people, including residents and their families, attended the event which included a name the donkey competition, five raffles and various table-top sales.

Deputy manager Jackie Skinner chose the winning donkey’s name - Flora.

The money was raised after home chiefs spotted an appeal in the Mail from hospice chiefs urging groups to use the Royal Wedding as a way of raising funds for the invaluable Wells Avenue facility.

The Mail reported last month that the hospice could be forced to get rid of vital beds and axe jobs in a bid to stave off financial meltdown.

Support worker Carole Oxley said: “We chose the hospice because it’s a local charity. “My manager saw the report in the paper in the lead-up to the Royal Wedding, asking people holding garden parties to raise money for the hospice.

“We sent away for a free pack from the hospice, which contained a royal quiz and a poster informing people of our event.

“The people we support really enjoyed it and they all helped in their own way.”

The organisation supports people with learning disabilities and autism to live the life they want.

Dimensions also has a similar unit in Miller Crescent, whose residents also attended the event and helped out by baking cakes for the occasion.

John Martindale, the hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “Here at the hospice, we’re really pleased that Dimensions have joined in with our Royal Tea campaign and celebrated the wedding with such great success.

“I hope everyone involved enjoyed the day, while providing such valuable support to our charity.”