Cash raised for hospice in memory of ‘diamond’ Hartlepool dad

from left, David Latimer and David Nicholson, JTA Counter Staff;  Sam Bousfield, Carol Sennett of Alice House Hospice, Joe Bousfield, Craig Winstanley, JTA assistant manager.
from left, David Latimer and David Nicholson, JTA Counter Staff; Sam Bousfield, Carol Sennett of Alice House Hospice, Joe Bousfield, Craig Winstanley, JTA assistant manager.

Cash has been raised for Hartlepool’s hospice in memory of a popular dad who died.

The Hartlepool branch of builders’ merchants JT Atkinson ran a fundraising bonus ball initiative in store in aid of Alice House Hospice in honour of a plumbing and heating engineer Gary Bousfield, who passed away in March.

The branch generated £1,310 and the company kindly added an extra £190 to provide a final total of £1,500.

Gary’s sons Sam and Joe were on hand as staff presented the money to the hospice.

Craig Winstanley, assistant manager at JT Atkinson’s Hartlepool branch, said: “Gary was a customer of ours at JT Atkinsons, who we all knew personally for over 10 years.

“The guy was just a diamond, life and soul of the party but more importantly a gentlemen.

“He had time for everyone and would do absolutely anything for anybody at any time.

“At his funeral there were people outside who could not get in the church and the aisles were full of people who had to stand, that tells you how popular a man he was.

“We at JT Atkinsons, especially in the plumbing and heating department and with help from the branch manager Ryan Shires, decided to do something in Gary’s name.

“With the blessing of his family, we decided to run the bonus ball in aid of the Alice House Hospice which looked after Gary in his final days.

“He’s still badly missed by everyone, of course his family but also us, the counter staff in the plumbing and heating department at JT Atkinsons.

“Gary is gone but will never be forgotten.”

Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at Alice House Hospice, said: “On behalf of everyone at Alice House I would like to thank the staff and customers from JT Atkinson for their fundraising – this is a wonderful donation.

“It was a pleasure to come along to the branch to receive the cheque and an honour to meet Gary’s lovely family.

“This money will help provide care and comfort to local families.”