Football match supports hospice

Janice Forbes (far right) shakes hands with barmaid Amy Barr in the Princess Helena. Also pictured are (left to right) Pat Fletcher, Georgia Fletcher, Neil Bootland and Mick Morrison
Janice Forbes (far right) shakes hands with barmaid Amy Barr in the Princess Helena. Also pictured are (left to right) Pat Fletcher, Georgia Fletcher, Neil Bootland and Mick Morrison

PUB footballers and customers went head-to-head in support of a town charity.

A football match was organised between the Princess Helena’s football team and staff and customers in memory of four pub regulars who died.

Owners of the pub, Peter and Pat Fletcher, had the idea of the match in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice, which cared for all four men. And everyone linked to the pub was delighted after the match raised £1,000 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

“We were over the moon to raise as much as we did,” said Peter.

“We didn’t really have a target of how much we wanted to raise but it’s a fantastic total.”

Peter added: “The work the hospice does is second to none, it’s brilliant. We are happy to help them in any way we can.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “What a tremendous amount the football match raised and it was a lovely tribute to Peter and Pat’s close friends who passed away.

“It is these types of events in the local community that are vital for us to continue to provide the specialist palliative care services to local people.

“A huge thanks to everyone who supported the event.”