Riders raise impressive sum for hospice

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A Hartlepool company showed its community side again when kind-hearted workers raised money for a worthy cause.

Seventeen workers from JDR Cables cycled from Walney Island in Cumbria to Hartlepool to raise money for Zoe’s Place, which is a Tees Valley-based hospice providing a home-from-home environment for babies and infants, aged from birth to five years old.

It helps children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The whole event was organised by Michael Smee, who is principal engineer from JDR.

The 160-mile cycle ride that he spearheaded took just two days to complete.

It is the third year that Michael has organised the fundraiser and is just one example of JDR’s fantastic support for charity.

The company also recently held its annual fundraising ball which saw £15,464 raised for Zoe’s Place. It took place at the Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield.

Zoe’s Place helps children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The night’s activities at the charity ball included a dinner, raffle, and auction.

It also saw entertainment which was provided by students at the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts, based in Hartlepool.