Building society’s help for Hartlepool hospice

A BOOST AT CHRISTMAS: Newcastle Building Society branch manager Jean Fairweather, left, hospice senior healthcare assistant Julie Mason, and NBS chief executive Jim Willens
A BOOST AT CHRISTMAS: Newcastle Building Society branch manager Jean Fairweather, left, hospice senior healthcare assistant Julie Mason, and NBS chief executive Jim Willens
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STAFF at a building society were delighted to take along a sack full of pressies for patients at a town hospice.

Workers and customers at Newcastle Building Society, in York Road, Hartlepool, held a collection at the branch in a bid to build up a stack of goody bags.

And once they had enough items to make up the treat bags they took them along to the Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, for the patients who are receiving treatment at the centre there.

The hospice cares for people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and is a vital life-line for dozens of people across Hartlepool and East Durham.

The staff at Newcastle Building Society were delighted to take along the presents and hand them to workers at the hospice.

The patients and staff at the hospice were delighted with the gifts, which really made a difference to the morale of the place.

A spokeswoman for the Newcastle Building Society said: “Following a Christmas present collection by our Hartlepool branch, we gathered together bags of treats for the men and women residents at Hartlepool Hospice.

“The soft sweets, smellies and handkerchiefs, amongst other items, were delivered to the hospice by branch manager Jean Fairweather and our chief executive Jim Willens.”

The present collection was just one of a string of charitable schemes the building society has carried out for the town’s hospice throughout the last 12 months.

The Newcastle Building Society spokeswoman added: “The branch has worked for the past year to support the hospice through a range of activities including a Tour De Branch and Everest challenge, as well as other exhausting initiatives.”

A spokesman for the hospice said: “We are always extremely grateful for any donations and these gifts were thankfully received.”