Anyone for a tennis raffle?

Newcastle Building Society, on York Road in Hartlepool, is holding a Wimbledon themed raffle to raise cash for Hartlepool and District Hospice. Pictured, from left, are: Charlotte Groom, Gemma Leighton and Michelle Sherwood of the building society, along with Carol Senett of the Hospice.

Newcastle Building Society, on York Road in Hartlepool, is holding a Wimbledon themed raffle to raise cash for Hartlepool and District Hospice. Pictured, from left, are: Charlotte Groom, Gemma Leighton and Michelle Sherwood of the building society, along with Carol Senett of the Hospice.

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IT could be game, set and match for one lucky punter in a raffle being held to help a hospice.

The Hartlepool branch of Newcastle Building Society has been running a Wimbledon-themed raffle in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The competition is just one of a number of events taking place at the York Road-based offices in support of the vital facility, based in Wells Avenue.

Since the building society “adopted” the hospice as a charity to support earlier this year, more than £500 has been raised in a matter of months through various schemes, including a sponsored static-cycle and a Jubilee tea party.

The latest initiative, the tennis-themed raffle, sees tickets available for 50p a strip and the prize is a pair of planters containing beautiful flowers.

Running alongside the raffle is a free spot-the-ball competition for children and they can win a bat and ball.

The raffle and children’s competitions will run until Monday, after the end of the national tennis tournament.

Branch manager Jean Fairweather said: “All of our staff have visited the hospice and they came back quite moved by it all.

“I think it touches most people - there’s always someone you know or a relative who’s been in the hospice.

“It’s such a good cause to support.

“They give support to so many people and you can’t not be moved by what they do.”

Francis McAllister, the hospice’s director of fundraising, said: “We get 79 per cent of our funding from the local community so for people like the Newcastle Building Society to support us is absolutely vital and unfortunately if they didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to provide services.

“So it’s not just a nice thing to happen, it’s absolutely essential for us and the branch staff have been fantastic.”

Other initiatives at the building society include a “book box”, where staff and customers donate books, for others to take away in exchange for a donation to the hospice.

There are also plans for an Olympic-themed competition, where people are invited to guess who the Olympic stars are and what they do.