STAFF at a chemical site have surpassed themselves with a massive £5,300 boost for charity.
Workers at Huntsman Tioxide, in Greatham, amassed the cash for Hartlepool & District Hospice and Macmillan.
Twenty of them cycled from coast to coast while office staff held a coffee morning.
Site administrator Janette Tomlinson said: “We are aware of the fantastic care and support local families receive whenever and wherever they need it.
“By raising funds we are playing our part in helping this to continue.”
Huntsman also raised money through its safety initiative scheme. Whenever employees record a conversation about safety and then submit the paperwork to the Engage Steering Team, a donation of £1 per sheet goes to local charities.
On top of all this, contractors and employees have donated raffle prizes and attended coffee mornings organized by Janette.
The local Greatham Community Action Team also donated funds to boost the total.
Hospice corporate fundraiser Carol Sennett said: “Each year, thousands of patients and their families benefit from the specialist palliative care and bereavement support the Hospice provides to Hartlepool and East Durham.
“Only 24 per cent of funding comes from the NHS so the generosity of the local community, businesses and corporate companies like Huntsman Tioxide is what enables the Hospice to continue providing this care.”
She praised the staff at Huntsman’s Greatham works as “a fantastic group of people to work with” who are truly dedicated to making a difference to the lives of local people. “I would like to thank each and every one involved,” she added.
“This is an amazing amount of money which will go directly towards patient care.”
George Newbury, a volunteer at both the Hospice and Macmillan, said: “This is a magnificent effort by the staff of Huntsman Tioxide, which will help Macmillan Cancer Support to continue to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
“Both patients and their families benefit from the provision of practical, medical, emotional and financial support offered by the Macmillan organization.
“This donation will help to bridge the gap between the care that cancer patients get and care they actually need.”