Groups step up to £11,000 hospice challenge

Hartlepool College of Further Education played host to the Hartlepool and District Hospice Multiplier Awards, in which fundraisers each started with �50 and raised as much as possible with it. Specsavers sponsored the competition and their director, Ian Walker (standing on left) is pictured with the winning groups, along with Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates (kneeling on left) and Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall (kneeling on right).
Hartlepool College of Further Education played host to the Hartlepool and District Hospice Multiplier Awards, in which fundraisers each started with �50 and raised as much as possible with it. Specsavers sponsored the competition and their director, Ian Walker (standing on left) is pictured with the winning groups, along with Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates (kneeling on left) and Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall (kneeling on right).

INNOVATIVE business people, community groups and students put their thinking caps on to come up with money-spinning ways to raise thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

Hartlepool & District Hospice set a challenge for groups to turn £50 into more cash for the Wells Avenue-based facility.

They were rewarded for their efforts last night at an awards night at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street, after their collective efforts saw a staggering £11,000 raised for the hospice. During the scheme, called the Specsavers Multiplier, which was launched last October, groups were handed £50 from Specsavers and urged to come up with ways of multiplying the money.

Ten corporate teams and eight schools or colleges from across Hartlepool and East Durham got behind the entrepreneurial scheme, coming up with a range of ways to generate cash devising a host of schemes, from cake sales and raffles to car washes.

Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates was a guest speaker at the event, which was hosted by hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall.

Joy also helped Hartlepool Specsavers director Ian Walker present awards for most money raised, the most innovative money-making idea, two special judges awards, young entrepreneur and individual award.

Janice Forbes, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “Congratulations to everybody who took part. We look forward to this becoming an annual event.”

● SEE tomorrow’s Mail for more pictures and details of all the winners from the night.