Store raises cash for charities

John Martindale of Hartlepool & District Hospice with Virgin Money staff (left to right) Denise Branfoot, Gillian Morton and Teresa Hall during the fundraising event at the York Road store
John Martindale of Hartlepool & District Hospice with Virgin Money staff (left to right) Denise Branfoot, Gillian Morton and Teresa Hall during the fundraising event at the York Road store

A NEW town store opened its doors – and raised cash for two local charities at the same time.

Virgin Money’s Hartlepool branch, in York Road, held an open day to give customers the chance to chat to staff and find out more about their work.

Colleagues organised refreshments for customers to enjoy, and also hosted a raffle.

So far, £200 has been raised with more expected and that total will be matched by Virgin Money’s partner charity the Northern Rock Foundation.

That money will now be split between Red Dreams, the creative art charity set up in memory of tragic youngster Kyle McManus, who died from a brain haemorrhage in April 2007. and Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Gillian Morton, Hartlepool’s Virgin Money store manager, said: “To help our new team get to know our customers, we thought it would be a great idea to hold an open day and raise some money for local good causes at the same time.

“It was a great opportunity for customers, old and new, to pop-in.

“At the same time, people were also able to find out about the great work carried out by the two local charities we were supporting.”