Jubilee boost for hospice

HANDOVER: Carole Oxley and Lisa Coull (rear), of Dimensions with Lisa's children Demi and Serena Coull, presenting the �390 raised to John Martindale, of the Hartlepool & District Hospice
HANDOVER: Carole Oxley and Lisa Coull (rear), of Dimensions with Lisa's children Demi and Serena Coull, presenting the �390 raised to John Martindale, of the Hartlepool & District Hospice
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DIAMOND jubilee celebrations sparked a double fundraising boost for a town hospice.

Thousands of people throughout Hartlepool and East Durham marked the momentous occasion with street parties, garden parties and action-packed events.

And once the celebrations were over and done with, staff at Hartlepool & District Hospice were all smiles again after discovering they were to benefit from two kindhearted donations.

Dozens of people enjoyed a Diamond Jubilee tea and performance from local opera singer Eddie Gratton at Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel, in Blackhall.

The event, which was organised by town resident and hospice supporter Mary Baggs, 69, raised a hugely impressive £1,100 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Mary, who lives in the Hart Lane area of Hartlepool, said: “There was a fabulous atmosphere and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.

“People were so generous and it was an honour to raise a great amount for such a worthy local cause.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “I would like to thank Mary for organising such a wonderful event and raising a fantastic amount for our specialist palliative care services.

“It was a privilege to work with Mary and I enjoyed the afternoon immensely.”

The hospice received another jubilee-related donation from the generous staff at Dimensions.

The service, based in King Oswy Drive, in Hartlepool, supports people with learning difficulties and celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with a garden party.

The event raised £290 for the hospice which was boosted by a further £100 donation from the Dimensions’ director.

Nicola Hogan, deputy team manager, said: “The hospice affects everyone in Hartlepool at some point and the work they do is absolutely tremendous.

“To be able to support the cause and provide this money is fantastic and we are all very proud.”

Janice Forbes added: “It is lovely that Dimensions saw the Jubilee celebrations as a way to support our charity.”

“I hope that everyone involved had a lovely day and we are very grateful for the funds they raised which will be used to support our specialist palliative care services.”