Pushing for a cash boost

The bed push team get ready for action
The bed push team get ready for action

WHAT have Little Red Riding Hood, a big bad wolf and lots of firemen got in common?

The answer is they are joining forces for the first Grand Charity Bed Push in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice on Sunday, August 7.

Hospice nurses will be joined on the push by characters in fancy dress, as well as firefighters from White Watch at Stranton Fire Station to raise funds to support the specialist palliative care services provided at the Wells Avenue unit.

Hospice Director of Fundraising, Francis McAllister, said: “It promises to be a really upbeat, fun day and the money raised will help to ensure the long-term future of the hospice for future generations in Hartlepool and east Durham.”

Thanks go to North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust which provided the hospital bed for the push, and Easington Colliery firm Dreams Furnishing which is sponsoring the event.

The push starts in Navigation Point from noon and, after collecting from the bars and restaurants, the entourage will head to the Marina Way Retail Park followed by ASDA then Morrisons.

The last lap of the journey will take the Bed Push to the Grand Hotel, Yates’ Wine Lodge and King John’s Tavern before finally ending at The Park Inn for a well deserved drink.

The hospice needs £2.3m to continue providing its current range of services. The hospice receives 27.5 per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1.7m must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.

Organisers are hoping the bed push will raise £1,000.