Beer festival raised thousands for Hartlepool hospice

Crowds enjoying the Hootenanny.
Crowds enjoying the Hootenanny.

Organisers of a Hartlepool beer festival are celebrating success after raising more than £7,500 for the town’s hospice.

Hartlepool Rugby Club is thrilled with the success of its third annual Beer Festival and Hootenanny, which also marked the event’s second collaboration with neighbouring charity and community partner Alice House Hospice.

One of the band's at the Hootenanny.

One of the band's at the Hootenanny.

The event in aid of Alice House, which took place earlier this year, was voluntarily managed by rugby club members who worked alongside hospice fundraising staff and made the day the busiest to date.

With around 500 guests enjoying a variety of beers, lagers and ciders, live music and more this summer, organisers plan to get together next month to start on plans from next year’s event, which they hope will be even more of a triumph.

A number of bands performed in the club house on the day including local favourites Pek and Wanley and there was also funk and soul music provided outside in the sunshine by DJ Fake Charles AKA Mally Day.

Now all the money, raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and other fundraising initiatives, has been collected in, it comes to an impressive £7,500 for Alice House Hospice, which caters for people from Hartlepool and East Durham.

This year’s Hootenanny proved to be an unprecedented success

Liam Lister

Hospice fundraiser, Greg Hildreth, said: “As ever the people at Hartlepool Rugby Club are wonderful to work with and really great supporters of hospice care.

“I’d like to thank them on behalf of everyone here at Alice House for such a fruitful partnership.

“Thanks also go to everyone else who supported the day, I hope that you all enjoyed it.”

Liam Lester, chairman of the Hootenanny planning committee, said: “This year’s Hootenanny proved to be an unprecedented success.

“We couldn’t have predicted that in just our third year we could sell so many tickets and raise so much for a fantastic local charity.

“We’ve had some great feedback and suggestions of how we can make the event better still.

“We’re looking forward to getting started on the plans for next year shortly and hope that everyone will join us again in 2018.”

The committee will meet again in November to start the planning of 2018’s Beer Festival, which they intend to make even bigger and better again.