Hospice in cash boost from group

DONATION: Susan Connor (chair of Friends of Stranton Cemetery), Janice Forbes (Community Fundraiser) and Steve Gibbon (Treasurer).

DONATION: Susan Connor (chair of Friends of Stranton Cemetery), Janice Forbes (Community Fundraiser) and Steve Gibbon (Treasurer).

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A HOSPICE has been given a cash boost thanks to members of a group which aims to maintain and enhance a town cemetery.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery aims to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

Recently group members presented a cheque for £30 to the Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue, following an event held inside the cemetery.

Members of the public had an opportunity to make a donation and write a Christmas message on each bauble - which had been supplied by Co-Operative Funeral Services - then to add them to the tree in the cafe garden.

Susan Connor, chairman of the Friends of Stranton Cemetery group, said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for families and though we didn’t raise a large amount of money, we really appreciate the time people took to write their message and who donated in this way.

“We’re already looking for ways to support Hartlepool & District Hospice and look forward to working with them and the Co-operative again this coming year.”

In recent weeks, group members have organised a spring clean, a bat box making session and a walk around the site.

The events were all held at Stranton Cemetery site, off Tanfield Road.

The overall aim of The Friends of Stranton Cemetery group, in Tanfield Road, is to raise awareness of the site, help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

For more information people can ring (01429) 855560.