Back to the 60s for hospice

From left, Caroline Readman, Marjorie Davies, Alison Emerson of the Hartlepool and District Hospice and Karen Featherstone.
From left, Caroline Readman, Marjorie Davies, Alison Emerson of the Hartlepool and District Hospice and Karen Featherstone.
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GENEROUS cafe staff became disco queens as they raised £1,620 by going back in time 40 years.

Workers at Eugene’s Coffee Shop, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Hartlepool, swapped their aprons for flares when they organised a 1960s-themed night for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

The event at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, saw live music from the Passion Killers, a disco and a pie and pea supper help raise £1,620 for the hospice.

Tickets were £10 and raffles and an auction also contributed to the charity’s fund.

Leanne Johnson, a worker at Eugene’s, said: “It was a brilliant night and went better than we could have ever imagined.

“We sold 150 tickets and it was packed out. If anyone else had turned up I don’t think they would have got in.

“I’d like to do it again. We’ll let everyone get their breaths back and we’ll organise something else.”

The hospice, based in Wells Avenue, supports hundreds of people each year in Hartlepool and east Durham living with life limiting illnesses and provides a specially tailored care package to every person it helps.

It needs £1.7m in donations each year to fund the services it provides.

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, said “We are extremely grateful for the amount of effort and enthusiasm that Eugene’s staff have put into hosting this event.

“The money raised is extremely important in helping us continue to be able to provide our vital hospice services.”