‘Huge success’ for fundraiser after Facebook campaign to save Hartlepool hospital

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success" by campaigners who had a great time for such a serious cause.
The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success" by campaigners who had a great time for such a serious cause.

A CAMPAIGN group has described a hospital fundraising night as a “huge success” to boost its bid to bring back services.

The Town of Hartlepool Challenge group was set up on Facebook towards the end of last year, and now has around 4,000 members who are actively fighting to restore services from the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, back to Hartlepool.

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

The group, which arranged the successful rally at the town centre war memorial last month, hosted the event at Café 177, in York Road.

There was a fully-licensed bar, entertainment from soul, blues and jazz singer Ashley Black, and also a pie and pea supper. And the pot of cash raised on the night will help to pay for leaflets, publicity and advertising events which are planned over the coming months.

Glen Hughes, administrator for the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group, said: “The event was a huge success and helped raised much needed funds to take the campaign forward. We had around 80 people turn up, that contributed to it being a brilliant night.

“The ticket sales, a raffle and a photo booth raised over £700 on the night, which far exceeded what we were hoping for. Everyone absolutely loved Ashley Black’s performance, that girl will go far.”

The ticket sales, a raffle and a photo booth raised over £700 on the night, which far exceeded what we were hoping for.

Glen Hughes, administrator for the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group

The campaigners also unveiled its campaign newsletter, which was given out to people on the night.

More than 12,000 signed a Mail petition created through the Mail’s Bring them Back’ campaign calling for services – including the A&E department – to return to the University Hospital of Hartlepool from the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

We launched the campaign after plans for a new £300m hospital at Wynyard were put on hold by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust after being unable to secure £100m of Government funding.

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

The hospital fundraiser was branded a "huge success".

Glen Hughes . Picture by FRANK REID

Glen Hughes . Picture by FRANK REID