A HOSPICE is set for a cash boost after shop bosses proved they were charity champions.
A fundraising event will take place at Ye Olde Durhams Club, on Stockton Road, to raise money for Hartlepool & District Hospice on Friday, August 15.
The night has been organised by staff at the Co-op store, in Stockton Road, with the shop choosing a charity to back each year.
The store’s assistant manager Matthew Caldwell has arranged the event, which will feature horse racing as well as bingo, singers and a hot buffet.
There will also be a raffle to boost the funds on the night, with a TV set as the main prize.
Matthew, 25, said: “Every year we choose a charity to back, and this year we asked our customers and they all put the Hartlepool & District Hospice forward.
“Everybody in the town must know how much hard work the staff at the Hospice do, and and we have all had a friend or family member who has been affected by cancer so it is a charity which is close to our hearts.
“We did a fundraiser for Butterwick Hospice a couple of years ago and raised about £1,400, so we’re looking to beat that this time around.”
Collections which have taken place in the store have already raised £400, and Matthew is hoping for a good turn out at the club to help raise as much cash as possible.
The Wells Avenue-based Hospice needs to raise around £2.2m each year, and 80 per cent of that figures comes from donations from the public.
Matthew added: “The Hospice is a fantastic cause, and the fact they keep providing such a wonderful service to the people of Hartlepool despite having such a large amount of cash to raise each year makes it even more worthwhile.
“Hopefully out fundraiser will make a few pounds for them to help them.”
Tickets are priced £3, and are available from Co-op on Stockton Road or Ye Olde Durhams Club.