STAFF and drinkers at a town pub helped to raise £1,400 for a hospice.
The Royal, in Church Street, Hartlepool organised its own fundraising event to support the Hartlepool and District Hospice.
Punters enjoyed a live performance from the band, Sax Fiend, while staff also organised a raffle, buffet and bucket collection.
Danny Boylen, who helped to organise the event at The Royal, said: “Our staff worked really hard to pull this event together and a great night was had by all.
“Sax Fiend played a host of great music new and old, including the blues.
“It was great to raise as much money as we did for the cause.”
As previously reported in the Mail, the hospice was forced to make job cuts after £150,000 worth of grants from NHS Hartlepool were axed last year.
The hospice, which costs £2.5m a year to run, takes 20 per cent of funding from the Government with the rest made up of public donations.
Tracy Woodall, chief executive at Hartlepool and District Hospice, said: “The unique combination of inpatient, outpatient and bereavement support services we offer aim to improve the quality of life of local people affected by life-limiting illnesses or the death of a loved one.
“The support of our local community at events, like the one at The Royal, provides vital funds to ensure that these services remain available.
“Thank you to all of the staff and customers at The Royal for their support.”
l ANYONE who can help the hospice in its fundraising drives can call (01429) 855529 for more information.