Bag up clothes in support

Staff at Tata Steel who donated bags of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice
Staff at Tata Steel who donated bags of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice

KINDHEARTED colleagues at two firms donated their unused and unwanted clothes in a show of support for a town charity.

Members of Hartlepool & District Hospice’s Guild of Patrons, Tata Steel have provided the Wells Avenue-based charity with significant financial support in the past.

And as Tata Steel celebrated Founders Day, in member of the firm’s founder Jamsetji Tata, all staff were encouraged to wear something blue and to bring a bag to word carrying clothes, bric-a-brac and even small items of furniture which were then all donated to the hospice.

The donated items will all be sold in hospice shops around the town.

The charity launches its Bring a Bag to Work campaign every year, urging the town’s businesses to get involved.

Tata Steel has been joined in the campaign by staff at BMB Menswear, in Powlett Road, who donated 13 bags of unwanted goods.

Pauline Weatherill, team leader at BMB, said: “We took part to help our local hospice because it does a marvellous job and needs all the support the town can give it, so we would definitely encourage other businesses and residents to have a spring clean for the hospice.”

Karen Witherley, the hospice’s area retail manager, said: “The hospice now has nine retail shops in Hartlepool and East Durham and keeping them constantly stocked is a challenge in itself.

“I would like to express my appreciation to both companies and to the local community for their continued support. All of the money the shops raise goes directly to patient care, and your help will help ensure our vital work continues.

Meanwhile, fun is in store for all the family at an event packed with activities in support of the hospice on Easter Monday.

The family fun day at the Raby Arms, in Hart Village, will feature a bouncy castle, balloon modelling, trampolining, face painting and an Easter egg hunt.

Miniature Shetland ponies Zacs and Zorro will also be making a guest appearance.

Jill McNeilly, landlady at the Raby Arms, said: “I am really looking forward to the fun day and I will hope we will be blessed with good weather.

“It’s great to be supporting a fabulous local charity.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, added: “This promises to be a great family day out and a lovely way to finish the Easter holidays.

“I would like to thank Jill for choosing the hospice.”

Companies wishing to take part in the Bring a Bag to Work scheme should contact Carol Sennett at the hospice by calling (01429) 855555.