STAFF and customers at a town store have boosted the coffers of Hartlepool & District Hospice by raising £1,200 in just one month.
Colleagues at Matalan, in Anchor Retail Park, in Marina Way, voted for the Wells Avenue-based hospice as a charity to support throughout December.
And after holding in-store events, setting up a tree of remembrance in the entrance and selling hospice calendars at the tills, staff handed over the “amazing” amount of cash.
David Durham, store manager, said: “I think the support the hospice gives to the local community touches most people in some way.
“It is nice to support a local cause and we will continue to do so by keeping collection boxes in the store.
“The staff were really enthusiastic about the fundraising and, with a huge team effort, were delighted with the amount we raised.”
The hospice must raise more than £2m every year to continue to provide specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults in Hartlepool and East Durham.
Carol Sennett, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “We were thrilled when we got the call in September last year telling us that the hospice has been adopted by Matalan.
“We worked together and created a fundraising agenda which all worked to plan.
“The staff were so enthusiastic and committed, it has been a pleasure to work alongside such a dedicated team.
“It is an amazing amount to raise in such a short time and on behalf of our patients and their families, volunteers and staff I would like to say a huge thank you.”