Funds boost from pub

Storytellers Hannah Orrell and Emma Gerry(right) pictured with children at the Greensides pub Easter event.
Storytellers Hannah Orrell and Emma Gerry(right) pictured with children at the Greensides pub Easter event.

BOSSES at a children’s hospice which cared for a poorly town youngster before she passed away have shown appreciation to pub regulars for their kind-hearted donation.

Drinkers at The Greenside pub, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, along with their families, raised £656 for the Butterwick Children’s Hospice, in Stockton, in memory of Hartlepool girl Hannah Dagg.

Hannah Dagg

Hannah Dagg

The Mail regularly reported on Hannah’s fight with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and dystonia before she sadly died from multiple organ failure in 2009, aged just four years old.

The money was raised through a variety of events laid on at the pub over the past few months.

These included an Easter children’s party for local youngsters, which involved a visit from Disney princesses, as well as a Christmas raffle.

Hospice chiefs are delighted by the donation and thanked the fundraisers.

Gwen Hogan-Teale, a family friend and pal of Hannah’s gran Anne Maughan, said: “Anne wants to thank the Steelworks crowd who go to the pub, they donated so many prizes, and everyone else who supported the fund-raising.

“Hannah was well cared for at the hospice and everyone just wanting to do something to show appreciation.”

Tracy Bowstead, fundraiser for Butterwick House Children’s Hospice, said: “This very kind donation will help us to continue to provide specialist palliative care to our children here at the hospice and provide valuable support to their families.

“Our families appreciate so much all the care and support they are given during their time with us. This care can only continue with support from people like the Greenside pub and regulars.”

Gwen, who thanked Michael Noble for his help in organising raffle prizes, as well as pub manager Darren Corbett, assistant manager Tina Hallett and trainee supervisor Lesley-Anne Smith, said the pub also hosted a recent raffle which was in aid of Hartlepool RNLI.

Hannah lived with her parents Katie and David and brother Nathan in the Foggy Furze area.

The pub will host another event in Hannah’s memory for Butterwick from 11am this Saturday.

It will be a cowboy-themed children’s party complete with Buzz Lightyear and Woody characters, face-painting and balloon animals.