Hartlepool United reunion raises £8,000 for hospice

Pictured following the cheque presentation to Hartlepool and District Hospice are (left to right) Janice Forbes, Debbie Branfitt, Andy Wilson, Debbie Howells, Effion Williams, Pat Norris, Phil Dunn, Amanda Arnold and Sue Hutchinson.

Pictured following the cheque presentation to Hartlepool and District Hospice are (left to right) Janice Forbes, Debbie Branfitt, Andy Wilson, Debbie Howells, Effion Williams, Pat Norris, Phil Dunn, Amanda Arnold and Sue Hutchinson.

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Hartlepool United fans showed their amazing generosity as they raised more than £8,000 for the town’s hospice in one memorable night.

A sell out crowd of 550 Poolies attended a special reunion at the Borough Hall to mark the 10th anniversary of the team reaching the League One Play Off Final at Cardiff in May 2005.

We were absolutely staggered by the amount

Phil Dunn

The event was organised by Pools fans Phil Dunn and Andy Wilson who managed to reunite the squad members from the day, including a surprise appearance from popular striker Joel Porter who flew in specially from Australia.

Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and an auction raised £8,200.

Phil said: “We knew it was going to be a popular night and there was going to be some decent money raised but we were absolutely staggered by the amount really.

“It is pretty much double what we were expecting. People were buying £20 worth of raffle tickets and some of the auction prizes went for £300 and £400.

“The generosity of supporters is absolutely legendary. We also couldn’t have done it without Micky Barron and Ritchie Humphreys for getting the old players back together.”

Organisers decided to support the hospice as it is a chosen charity of Hartlepool United and because of the work it does for so many people.

Phil added: “People in Hartlepool tend to rally round the hospice and rightly so, it is a really good cause.

“We had a look around the hospice and saw how invaluable the money is to them. It costs £5,000 a day to run and they rely on people’s support.”

Community fundraiser Janice Forbes said: “It was a very enjoyable night and a tremendous amount raised for the hospice.

“On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I would like to thank Andy and Phil for organising such a successful event.

“It was a pleasure to show them around the hospice to show them exactly how the money will be used.”

Organisers say they are hoping to stage a similar event involving the promotion squad on 1991.