Hartlepool hospice will enjoy ukelele players’ ongoing support

Members of Hartlepool Ukulele Group with Hartlepool & District Hospice staff. Back row: Geoff Lilley, David Hogbin, Stan Filipowicz. Front: Denise Shepherd, Kath Collinson, and Janice Forbes.
Members of Hartlepool Ukulele Group with Hartlepool & District Hospice staff. Back row: Geoff Lilley, David Hogbin, Stan Filipowicz. Front: Denise Shepherd, Kath Collinson, and Janice Forbes.

Hartlepool Ukulele Group has chosen to support Hartlepool & District Hospice for another year in a gesture that is music to the ears of the valued charity.

The musical group was set up by former Fens and Rossmere councillor Geoff Lilley in 2013 to promote and encourage ukulele playing and to raise money for local good causes.

It is always a pleasure to meet with the group and they always bring smiles and laughter, as well as brilliant music, wherever they play.

Janice Forbes, Hartlepool hospice

In the first year of supporting the hospice they raised over £4,500.

Now the group are busy planning the next 12 months’ activities which will include a return to popular ukulele festival the Wirral Summer Stomp, as well as many local gigs, including a big charity night at The Studio in November.

They also have the dream of breaking a world record by playing continuously for 30 hours.

Group chairman Brian Davies said they had no hesitation in selecting the hospice as their charity of choice for another year.

He said: “All members recognise the special support the hospice offers to the local people of Hartlepool and East Durham when they most need these services.

“At a time when we see so many key health services leave Hartlepool, it’s a pleasure to help to sustain this wonderful organisation.”

Janice Forbes, from the hospice, said: “It is always a pleasure to meet with the group and they always bring smiles and laughter, as well as brilliant music, wherever they play.”