HOSPICE staff were in Double Seven heaven after receiving a grand donation.
As reported last week, the Mail once again teamed up with the Chisholm Bookmakers, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, to place a £50 free bet on the Grand National in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
And although Double Seven wasn’t first past the post, our £25 each-way while the horse was 22/1 bet meant the hospice was still in the money.
Yesterday the facility’s corporate fundraiser Carol Sennett went along to the bookies to receive the £162.50 winnings.
Carol said: “We were delighted to hear that once again the hospice was playing a part in this Grand National story.
“It’s the fifth year in succession that Chisholm Bookmakers and the Hartlepool Mail have selected the hospice for this wager, but it’s the first time we have actually won some money.
“On behalf of the patients and their families, volunteers and staff I would like to thank both for the nomination.
“The support of the local community and donations like this, no matter how large or small, will help our vital work continue.”
Double Seven started as 10/1 joint favourite with some bookies on Saturday, but fortunately the Mail placed the bet before the odds started to tumble.
Julie Hodgson, Chisholm’s district manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a worthy cause receive this money, we’re delighted to have been able to play our part.
“A lot of people fancied Double Seven, the odds shortened considerably in the days leading up to the race.”