Lions in harmony with hospice

ON SONG: Peterlee Lions singers with Hartlepool & District Hospice staff members Janice Forbes (left) and Francis McAllister (standing second right)

ON SONG: Peterlee Lions singers with Hartlepool & District Hospice staff members Janice Forbes (left) and Francis McAllister (standing second right)

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GENEROUS members of a charitable organisation were on song to pledge their ongoing support to a local hospice.

Members of the Peterlee and District Lions Club put on a carol service at Hartlepool & District Hospice.

It marked the eleventh carol performance they had put on in the space of three days and cemented the relationship the East Durham club has with the Wells Avenue-based hospice, after organising a charity walk for the facility earlier in the year.

The walk, which was supported by former Corrie star Bruce Jones and Hartlepool and Easington MPs Iain Wright and Grahame Morris, raised £1,750 for the cause and plans are underway to arrange a similar event next year, also for the hospice.

Members performed at various care homes in East Durham on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and finished off with a rousing recital at the hospice.

Lions founder member Tommy Miller said: “We finished with our carols at the hospice to cement our relationship with the facility due to us doing the walk this year in aid of the service.

“We will be putting on a similar walk in May and hope to beat the total we raised.”

Twelve members of the Lions, along with friends, sang at the various venues.

These included four nursing homes in Murton and Seaham on Monday, as well as the Langley House and Jack Dormand care homes, both in Horden, and the Yoden Hall and Abbeyvale care homes in Blackhall on Tuesday, and the Hawthorns Care Centre in Peterlee, Peterlee Care Home and the hospice on Wednesday.

Mr Miller added: “This is the second year we have visited the various venues to sing carols and all the members thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It is a service to the community.”

The hospice’s fundraising manager, John Martindale, said: “We are very grateful for the support from the Peterlee Lions and the carol-singing was absolutely fantastic, there were great voices from all of them.

“We look forward to working with them in 2013.”