Hartlepool businesses pass on £1,750 donation to town’s hospice

Andrew Steel (left) Head of the Hartlepool Business Forum, with Greg Hildreth, Corporate Events and Social Media Co-ordinator at Alice House Hospice.
Andrew Steel (left) Head of the Hartlepool Business Forum, with Greg Hildreth, Corporate Events and Social Media Co-ordinator at Alice House Hospice.

Hartlepool businesses have once again raised a record amount for Alice House Hospice.

Over 300 business professionals who attended May’s Hartlepool Business Awards, which is supported by the Mail, contributed by handing over £1,750 as they enjoyed the night of celebration at the Borough Hall.

Andrew Steel, head of the Hartlepool Business Forum which host the awards, said: “The money was raised by donations from a great number of the businesses who attended the evening.

“The hospice is a wonderful cause and many businesses in the town already show their support outside of this event.

“The evening itself was a fantastic success with great winners and lots of new entrants.

“Overall it was an incredible event and we’re already looking forward to starting the process again for 2019.”

Greg Hildreth, corporate events and social media co-ordinator at Alice House Hospice, said: “The donation from the awards means a lot.

“In simple words it’s amazing.

“It will all go towards patient care services we provide for people with life limiting illnesses and their families.

“We very much rely on the community and the local businesses and without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do for many families across the area.

“The Hartlepool Business Awards is a fantastic thing to be involved in and we’ve been attending for a lot of years now.

“There are a lot of very generous people there and I would just like to reiterate our thanks and gratitude to Andy and everyone at the business forum for organising such a great night and making it possible and for nominating the charity on the evening.”

The awards have now been celebrating business in Hartlepool for over 20 years with previous Overall Business of the Year winners Utility Alliance sponsoring this year’s event.

Winners of the award at this year’s event were Seymour Civil Engineering. The winner of the Mail-sponsored Community category was Familes First North East