Newcastle Building Society gives sacks full of gifts to Hartlepool’s hospice

A BOOST AT CHRISTMAS: Newcastle Building Society branch manager Jean Fairweather, left, hospice senior healthcare assistant Julie Mason, and NBS chief executive Jim Willens
A BOOST AT CHRISTMAS: Newcastle Building Society branch manager Jean Fairweather, left, hospice senior healthcare assistant Julie Mason, and NBS chief executive Jim Willens
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BUILDING society officials have been praised after giving hospice patients a festive boost.

Representatives of the Newcastle Building Society visited Hartlepool & District Hospice recently and brought sacks full of gifts with them.

Greg Hildreth, the events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “They brought presents for all of our patients and came to give them out as well.”

The presents had been donated by building society customers and collected by staff before Jean Fairweather, the manager of the building society’s Hartlepool branch, and the society’s chief executive Jim Willens, made the delivery themselves to the hospice’s holistic wellbeing centre.

In all, 55 patients received presents such as toiletries, handkerchiefs and chocolates.

Greg added: “We have had great support from the building society and they are one of our corporate sponsors.

“They have been a pleasure to work with throughout the year. It was great to see them and I want to thank all of their staff and customers.”

Hartlepool & District Hospice offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults each year. People who access hospice services can be living with illnesses such as cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Each patient and their family/carers receive a tailor-made package of services. It costs £2.3m to continue providing the current range of services. The Hospice receives 24 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1.78m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.