Kind bowls club members raise cash

Janice Forbes from Hartlepool and District Hospice tries her hand at Bowls with members of the Hartlepool Indoor Bowling Centre looking on.
Janice Forbes from Hartlepool and District Hospice tries her hand at Bowls with members of the Hartlepool Indoor Bowling Centre looking on.

HOSPICE staff were bowled over by a generous donation.

The Ladies President’s Fun Day at Hartlepool Indoor Bowls Club, in Raby Road, was attended by almost 50 members.

The bowls players who took part all wore purple for the occasion and all dipped into their pockets for a raffle that was held on the day.

And the members were delighted when they counted up the cash to discover they had raised £462.

Club president Moira Laughton had decided all of the money would be handed over to Hartlepool & District Hospice, a facility which she described as an “amazing charity”.

Moira, 72, who has been a member at the club since 1996 and plays three times a week, said: “We had a great turn out on the day and everyone brought in prizes for the raffle but we didn’t really have a target of how much we wanted to raise and we definitely didn’t think we would raise as much as we did.”

Moira, who lives in the Clavering area of Hartlepool with her partner Tom Scorer, 74, and whose term as president will conclude at the end of the summer, added: “Whenever I do anything for charity I try to support the hospice or cancer charities.

“The hospice is an amazing charity and we are happy to have helped in any way possible.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “On behalf of the patients and their families at the hospice, I would like to thank Moira for choosing the hospice to raise funds from her open day.

“It is this type of support in the community that helps us to maintain our services to local people.”