Charity cash in memory of Hartlepool supermarket colleague Joyce

Kind staff at Morrisons, in Hartlepool, who took part in a sponsored bag pack in memory of former collegue Joyce Smith

Kind staff at Morrisons, in Hartlepool, who took part in a sponsored bag pack in memory of former collegue Joyce Smith

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KIND-HEARTED supermarket staff bag-packed for customers in memory of a much loved colleague who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Joyce Smith, who worked on the checkouts at Morrisons, in Hartlepool, lost her 18-month battle with cancer in July.

Joyce Smith

Joyce Smith

But Joyce is still very much at the forefront of the thoughts of her colleagues in store, who organised a bag pack to raise cash for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The Wells Avenue-based facility cared for Joyce as she battled the illness.

As well as the bag pack which was held last month and organised by the store’s community champion, Leigh Dobson, the kind workers also held a collection in-store. And both of the fundraising activities added up to a total of £679.56 which has now been handed over to the hospice.

Helen Butterworth, the store’s personnel manager, said: “Joyce had a fantastic outlook on life and always remained positive throughout her illness.

“She is sadly missed by both staff and management in the store.

“The bag pack was a great success with generous Morrisons’ shoppers donating the incredible amount.”

Hospice staff were extremely grateful for the support and such an impressive donation.

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “This is a fantastic result and a lovely tribute to Joyce.

“On behalf of the staff and patients of Hartlepool and District Hospice I would like to thank staff and shoppers at Morrisons for their generosity.

“All of the money raised will go towards the specialist care services we provide to local people.”

Hospice staff also had volunteer bucket collections in the store from Tuesday, August 27 to Thursday, August 29 which raised a further £677.

Janice added: “All of these donations help us to continue the care services we offer and all of the staff at the hospice are extremely grateful.

If you are interested in supporting the hospice with a fundraising event or activity call (01429) 855555.