Hartlepool Ukulele Group strums up £2k for town’s hospice

Hartlepool Ukulele Group
Hartlepool Ukulele Group

A MUSICAL group have added another string to their achievements by raising £2,000 in just months for a worthy cause.

Hartlepool Ukulele Group (HUG) started up 18 months ago with just a handful of members and now boats 50 players on its books.

And after initially raising cash for a number of different charitable causes at their gigs during events, supermarkets and care homes around the town, the group decided that it needed to focus its money-raising efforts on one charity in particular.

And the organisation that all members voted for unanimously was Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool.

Founder member Geoff Lilley said since the decision was made to offer sole support to the hospice in January, the fab 50 have raised a whopping £2,000 for the charity.

And £1,000 of that was generously donated at the Headland Folk Festival in April.

He told the Mail: “At our annual general meeting in January we decided we needed to focus our fundraising and charity efforts on one cause. It had to be local and it had to be for the people of 
Hartlepool.

“The vote was unanimous, it was the hospice.

“There was no doubt about it – it’s the charity that’s there for the people of Hartlepool at times when they need the most support in their lives.

“Anybody who has lost someone they love after being in the hospice, knows what a service it provides.”

He added: “All of the members do it for the fun, we just charge a set fee which tends to be around the £50 mark, and that is put straight into our hospice fund. We also always ask to put hospice buckets down for people to put money in.

“We’d like to thank everybody that has actively supported us and I’d also like to thank our members who constantly give up their free time and turn out.

“We’re just a group of people who go out and have a great time and enjoy ourselves, while at the same time doing our bit.”