A KIND-HEARTED newsagent celebrated his birthday in generous style by donating money to a local hospice.
Phil Goodin turned 61 earlier this month, but instead of receiving presents and cards he asked his family and close friends to take part in a raffle in support of Hartlepool & District Hospice.
The response was great, and Phil was delighted to hand over £360 to the Wells Avenue-based facility.
The dad-of-three took over Marina News, on Navigation Point, in the town around this time last year and said he was too busy to organise a party to celebrate his 60th birthday.
So this year he organised a get together at Moorings Eaterie, on the Marina, where he asked people to support the local cause.
“I just thought, what do you need when you get to 61?” said Phil, who is married to Pauline, also 61, and lives at Hartlepool Marina.
“You end up getting stuff that you don’t want or really need at our age so I just asked people to come along to the party and donate a small amount to the hospice.
“I was confident we would raise a fair amount of money, people were very generous.”
Phil, who also has 10 grandchildren, now intends to start organising fundraising events once every two months to support the hospice.
“The work the hospice does is absolutely fantastic, it really does deserve every single penny it receives,” added Phil.
“I wasn’t sure how much £360 would help them, but staff were so grateful when we handed the money over.
“They made it clear that absolutely every penny counts.”
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool &District Hospice, said: “Thanks and congratulations to Phil and Pauline for turning Phil’s birthday celebrations into such a successful fundraising event for our charity.
“This kind of support in the community is really important to us and will help us to continue to make a big difference to the lives of people who need us.
“I’d like to extend our belated best wishes to Phil, and look forward to working with him and Pauline in the future.”