Fundraising night aims to save Hartlepool’s hospital

Stan Cronin (left) and Derrick Rowbotham with their event posters as fellow Town of Hartlepool Challenge Group members look on.  Picture by FRANK REID
Stan Cronin (left) and Derrick Rowbotham with their event posters as fellow Town of Hartlepool Challenge Group members look on. Picture by FRANK REID

A fundraiser is aiming to get more people on board to help save Hartlepool’s hospital.

Becky Goddard, a member of the Town of Hartlepool Challenge Group, has organised a fundraising night next month.

We’re not just doing this for the people of Hartlepool who lost their hospital but also all the staff who lost their jobs along with it.

Becky Goddard

It takes place at the Hillcarter Hotel, in Church Street, on Saturday, July 4, and includes live entertainment, a raffle and a buffet.

The group was formed to save the town’s hospital and deal with political issues.

Becky, a mum-of-three who lives in the town, said: “The main reason for organising this event is to raise funds to help save the University Hospital of Hartlepool but also to get the word out about the group because not many people know about it.

“The more members we have, the louder our voice will be and the major thing we’re fighting for is to get our Accident & Emergency department back.

“It’s having a detrimental effect on the whole area because of how far people are having to travel and we’re not going to give up fighting.”

The 42-year-old added: “This night is all about the group members getting together to have fun and raise morale a bit, but also to raise money to help the cause and tell more people that this group exists.

“We want to get more people joining the group and get the ball rolling. We’re trying to get as many people as possible involved.

“We’re not just doing this for the people of Hartlepool who lost their hospital, but also all the staff who lost their jobs along with it.

“As a group, we’re saying that we aren’t going to stop fighting until that last brick comes down.”

Talks are under way in the town between the council and health bosses following calls to bring services back to the University Hospital of Hartlepool after several services were transferred to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust sold the land earmarked for the new hospital at Wynyard back to Wynyard Park Limited last month.

It follows last October’s announcement by trust bosses that they were shelving the £300m development at Wynyard after failing to secure £100m funding from the Government to build it before the General Election.

The Mail’s Bring Them Back campaign gathered 12,000 signatures on a petition which was handed to Health Minister Jeremy Hunt by across-party delegation of town politicians in London earlier this year.

Tickets for the fundraiser cost £7. To book, call Becky on 07909 165145.