MUSICIANS and students have been doing their bit to help boost the coffers of a local charity.
A kind orchestra showed off their skills with a range of hits as they performed in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, to raise money for the Hartlepool and District Hospice.
The Pocket Orchestra’s efforts raised an impressive £360 for the cause.
And the hospice was further boosted by a donation from a group of dedicated students.
The teenagers from JHP Employability, in Raby Road, Hartlepool held their own tombola and coffee morning and raised £75 for the facility.
It was the second time the Pocket Orchestra had organised their own event to raise money for the charity.
Residents enjoying a Saturday afternoon shopping spree were treated to a host of hits including Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Dance The Night Away and a number of other classics.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “The band received a fantastic response and our volunteers, who collected from the crowd, were overwhelmed with the generosity of Saturday’s shoppers.”
Tracy Woodall, chief executive at the Hartlepool and District Hospice, said: “We would like to extend our thanks to the band, all the generous people who donated and our volunteers who kindly gave up their time to help.”
Hospice staff were also extremely grateful to the kind students at JHP who helped to raise money.
Hospice staff went along to talk to the group last week and were presented with the cheque.
Tracy added: “It is the help of the local community, who work hard to raise these funds, that helps our hospice continue to provide the wide range of specialist services for those living with life limiting illnesses and their families in the Hartlepool and East Durham area.
“We would like to thank the students for their support.”