Welcome boost for Hartlepool hospice's funds in face of pandemic
Hartlepool’s Alice House Hospice has received a welcome £5,000 boost to help it care for the community after a big drop in income due to the pandemic.
Newcastle Building Society made the donation to the hospice as part of an overall £1.5m of community investment this year to help the region manage and recover from the impact of Covid-19.
The grant will help Alice House to meet its general running costs and continue their essential work at a time of increasing financial uncertainty.
The hospice offers a wide range of services for local people and their families, including inpatient and day care provision, counselling and support services, complementary therapies and a 24-hour helpline for the public and care professionals.
Alice House Hospice deputy fundraising manager Greg Hildreth said: “Newcastle Building Society has been a long-term supporter of the hospice and we’re hugely grateful to its customers and staff for their continuing assistance.
“Even though our programme of fundraising events has been almost wiped out by the pandemic, we’ve still had tremendous support from the local community, with people and businesses taking on individual challenges to raise money for us.
“We’ve had to modify the ways in which we work across every area of our operations, which had included our fundraising work, but we’ve got lots of exciting ideas for how we’re going to take this vital work forward in the future, so that we can raise the money we need to support the hundreds of local families that we work with every year.”
Newcastle Building Society also gave £5,000 to the Teesside Hospice Care Foundation in Middlesbrough and a £3,000 grant is going to the Butterwick Hospice in Stockton through its Community Fund.
Newcastle Building Society customer director Stuart Miller added: “The essential work that hospices undertake is challenging at the best of times, but the financial and logistical implications of the pandemic have made it so much more demanding this year.
“The support we’re providing to these three invaluable organisations will directly benefit families facing the most difficult of situations and further extends our community contribution in the Tees Valley.”