Hartlepool stallholders raise cash for hospice

From left, Steph, Stephen and Gillian Ryan.
From left, Steph, Stephen and Gillian Ryan.

Shoppers have been praised after staff on a market stall raised £1,535 for Hartlepool & District Hospice in memory of a family member.

Gillian, Steph and Stephen Ryan, of Stephen Ryan’s fruit and veg stall in the Indoor Market in Hartlepool, held a fundraising week in memory of Stephen’s sister Linda Chapman.

They held a huge raffle with 85 prizes that were donated from stall holders, staff and customers of the indoor market.

Gillian Ryan said: “We were overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity; Linda received fantastic care in the hospice and we wanted to do something for the hospice charity in Linda’s memory.”

Gillian’s son, Marty, added to the fund by raising a further £230 in sponsorship for a 48-hour fast; a huge challenge for Marty who normally can’t go for more than two hours without eating.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “This is a tremendous amount that the Ryan family has raised in Linda’s memory. Well done to them and all that supported the event.

“It is this type of support from the community that helps to ensure that the hospice can continue to provide our specialist patient care services to local people of Hartlepool and East Durham.”

Hartlepool & District Hospice, based in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

It costs £2.34 million to continue providing the current range of services.

The hospice receives 24% NHS funding, so the outstanding £1,780,000 must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.

People who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end-stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Each patient and their family/carers receive a tailor-made package of services to meet their needs in an atmosphere of comfort and dignity.