LOVED ones have raised £6,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice in memory of their friend.
The hospice was handed the cash in memory of Bev Jefferson after her friends and family organised a charity night.
They decided to hold a race night in memory of Hartlepool mum Bev, as she and her husband Ian had enjoyed several visits to the Grand National at Aintree.
Gayle Thompson, one of the organisers, said: “Bev was cared for at the hospice and as her friends, we wanted to raise money for a worthy cause in her memory.
“We decided on the race night theme because Bev had enjoyed visiting the Grand National a few times with her husband Ian and would have a little flutter.
“After attending other charity race nights, we knew we could involve our children, including Bev and Ian’s two children, in the night.”
Gayle and her friends sold 300 tickets in a few short weeks and managed to secure raffle prizes generously donated by businesses in the town.
They contacted football clubs who donated signed shirts, signed pendants/balls, while Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall donated a signed boxing glove which was used as part of the auction.
The group also held raffles plus bonus cards to win a bike or a signed Liverpool shirt.
Gayle said: “Doing something positive and raising over £6,000 for our local hospice in memory of our beautiful friend helped us through these tragic circumstances.”
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “This was a tremendous result and a lovely way to honour Bev’s memory.
“I hope that the organisers and supporters were able to take some comfort from this wonderful tribute.”
The hospice, based in Wells Avenue, offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.
Individuals who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.
It costs £2.34m to continue providing the current range of services.
The hospice receives 24 per cent per cent NHS funding so the outstanding £1,780,000 must be raised through the local community and other fundraising initiatives.