Charity donations are in the bag...

Ian Buckingham, telephone researcher for Respondez, with hospice sister Denise Shepherd
Ian Buckingham, telephone researcher for Respondez, with hospice sister Denise Shepherd

CALL centre staff bagged up their unwanted goods in support of a town hospice.

Managers and staff at Respondez, based in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, showed their support for Hartlepool and District Hospice’s Bring a Bag to Work campaign.

The firm, which regularly supports the Wells Avenue-based hospice. donated 11 bags of unused and unwanted clothing.

The donations will all help to stock up the hospice’s seven shops around the town.

Hospice staff expressed their delight at the donations.

The shops are a vital source of funding, providing as much as £380,000 for the facility every year.

That money helps to ensure that specialist palliative care services provided continue to be available free of charge to residents in Hartlepool and east Durham.

Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We would like to thank all of the staff at Respondez who helped to make their Bring a Bag to Work such a success.

“Respondez are the fourth company to come on board with this campaign, which started in April and we are delighted with the result.

“The 11 bags we received from Respondez staff will give a vital boost to our hospice shops.”

Kathryn Clapham, marketing communications executive at Respondez and organiser of the firm’s Bring a Bag to Work campaign, added: “We have supported the hospice on many occasions and were delighted to get involved in their charity bag scheme.

“We are pleased to be able to help in some small way to the running costs of the hospice, which provides such valuable services to the local communities of Hartlepool and east Durham.”

Any companies or groups interested in getting involved with the campaign should contact Carol Sennett by calling (01429) 855552 or emailing