FESTIVE partygoers have given a hospital ward a big boost after a successful Christmas event.
Owton Manor Social Club, in Wynyard Road, hosted a Christmas party evening on December 20 with more than 120 guests in the upstairs function room.
Paul Wanley, a director at the club, admits it’s a few years since the club hosted a Christmas event of this nature but said it was such a success, there are plans to do it all again next year.
Guests enjoyed a four-course meal, which was put on by Cleveland Caterers, then there was a performance by the Tony Johston soul band followed by a disco and karaoke which went on into the early hours.
But the biggest beneficiary from the night is the leukaemia ward at the University Hopsital of Hartlepool, which has a special place in the hearts of the club members.
Paul said: “Alan Martin, who is our old chairman, lost his wife to leukaemia, as did Steve Tierney who was a rgular here and he died when he was only 30.
“It seemed a fitting place for any money we raised to be donated to.
“Heineken and LWC brewers both kindly donated football prizes at Sunderland and Hartlepool United, and they were auctioned off for a total of £550.
“We then had a game trying to get coins nearest to a litre bottle of Jack Daniels, and that went down a storm.
“In the end we raised £1,000 and that will all go to the ward.
“The plan is to hand over a cheque to them in the New Year, and show them how appreciative we all are of the work that gets done by the staff in there.
“We’re absolutely delighted and I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making the night such a huge success.”
Paul added: “I don’t think I’ve ever had a night where there hasn’t been one single complaint, so we must have done something right!
“Next year we might even do it over two nights, it really did go down that well.”