Supermac in town

Malcolm Macdonald
Malcolm Macdonald

A FOOTBALL legend is set to make an appearance in Hartlepool for the second successive year in support of a local charity.

Malcolm Macdonald is the special guest at Hartlepool & District Hospice’s sportsman’s dinner later this year.

Malcolm gained the nickname Supermac after his goalscoring exploits for clubs including Newcastle United and Arsenal.

His impressive record saw him notch up 193 goals in 381 club appearances in a career which also saw him hit the net six times for England.

And people have the chance to look back on Malcolm’s career with the man himself when he makes the trip to town to support the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Malcolm, who is also one of the Three Legend’s on the popular radio footballl phone in, was the special guest at a pie and peas event for the hospice last year, helping to raise £2,392 for the cause.

And he will be doing his bit to raise an impressive amount again this year at the event on Friday, March 2.

Malcolm said: “I know it will be a terrific Friday night to kick March off.

“Hartlepool & District Hospice is a very worthy cause that deserves full support and everyone who gets involved has the wonderful ability to turn raising money into really good fun, and that’s just what this event will be.”

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator, said: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Supermac again and welcoming him back to Hartlepool.

“It’s great to have such a high profile personality associated with the hospice and it’s sure to be an evening of first class entertainment which, more importantly, will help us continue to support our community.”

The event, to be held at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, will also include a performance from a comedian, a meal and a sporting auction and is being sponsored by hospice patrons Heerema.

Sandra Groom, human resources manager at the town fabrications firm, said: “We are proud to be linked to the good work done by the hospice and to be part of this fantastic fundraising event.

“We are aware of the challenges faced by the hospice during these austere times and are very pleased that we can help to support the valuable services they provide to our community.”

Hospice staff are expecting the event to prove popular and are urging people to buy their ticket, priced at £25, as soon as possible.

They are available now by calling Carol Sennett on (01429) 855552 or emailing csennett@hartlepoolhospice.co.uk.