Housing group steps in to keep Hartlepool hospice warm after boiler break

Sandra Britten, Deputy Chief Executive at Hartlepool Hospice with Housing Hartlepool Apprentice Callum Matthews
Sandra Britten, Deputy Chief Executive at Hartlepool Hospice with Housing Hartlepool Apprentice Callum Matthews

A HOSPICE is celebrating after a housing group stepped in to keep the heat on.

Staff and patients at Hartlepool & District Hospice, in the town’s Wells Avenue, were left facing a cold future when the charity’s sole source of heating and hot water supply began to leak heavily before breaking down.

However, as part of its support for the hospice, the Vela Group, comprising Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes, was able to donate and install a replacement boiler – at a cost of more than £7,000 for materials and labour.

Previously, the Vela Group had pledged to raise more than £20,000 when it announced that its new combined charities for 2013 would be Hartlepool & District Hospice and the Butterwick Hospice. The charities were asked to provide a “wish list” of improvement works required to their premises, while employees across the housing group, continue to take part in various fundraising activities.

Mike Kay, Vela Group director of property services, said: “The hospice plays such a vital role in our communities and affects many lives across Hartlepool, so we were delighted to be able to locate a boiler that was suitable for the exact requirements that they needed.”

Sandra Britten, deputy chief executive of the hospice, added: “I would like to thank the Vela Group on behalf of staff, volunteers and most of all patients, for helping us to replace the boiler and support the community.

“As the main supply of hot water for showers as well as heating throughout the hospice, not being able to replace it as quickly as it was would have caused us major problems.”