Round Table set fundraising target

Hartlepool Round Table members in green t-shirts, left to right, Gavin Spaldin, Pete Moody, Graeme Smith, Martin Scarborough and Allan Wise, with Hartlepool and District Hospice representatives, left to right, Greg Hildreth, John Martindale and Janice Forbes.
Hartlepool Round Table members in green t-shirts, left to right, Gavin Spaldin, Pete Moody, Graeme Smith, Martin Scarborough and Allan Wise, with Hartlepool and District Hospice representatives, left to right, Greg Hildreth, John Martindale and Janice Forbes.
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A KIND-HEARTED group raised more than £400 for a hospice then set themselves a huge target to reach by the end of the year.

Hartlepool Round Table recently organised its own charity night to support Hartlepool & District Hospice.

More than 100 people attended the event, which was held at Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel, and helped to raise £445 for the cause.

But members of the Round Table aren’t stopping there.

Their hugely-popular Beer Festival is taking place later this year and the Wells Avenue-based facility will be one of the main benefactors.

And chair of the Round Table, Graeme Smith, has set himself his own target, to go a full year without alcohol.

He is already out and about getting sponsors for his efforts and the money raised will also go towards the hospice.

Graeme, 39, a river pilot who lives in Bishop Cuthbert, in Hartlepool, with wife Amanda, 33, a child minder, and their nine-year old daughter, Hannah, said: “We are delighted to be helping Hartlepool & District Hospice this year as it is such a worthy cause.

“The work carried out by staff there is brilliant and is a great help to those who are in need.

“So far we have held our charity race night at the Grand Hotel raising £445 and we are hoping to raise a lot more through the year.”

Graeme said the members at the Round Table are thoroughly looking forward to this year’s Beer Festival, which is taking place on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16.

He added: “This year is the sixteenth annual Beer Festival and each year money raised from the event goes towards local charities and good causes.

“Last year we raised £16,000 at the festival and we are looking to beat that figure this year.

“Every penny raised is put back in to the local community and we are proud to be able to help out in whatever way we can.”

Graeme is already more than four months in to his own personal challenge to give up alcohol for a year until March next year.

“It’s a huge sacrifice for me,” he added.

“Considering that I have a number of black tie functions, charity events and more importantly a beer festival to organise it is one big challenge.”

To follow Graeme’s progress or to make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Graemesmith3.