HARTLEPOOL businesses have grouped together to give a local care home a valuable donation.
Businesses from the Hartlepool Enterprise Centre raised £420 for Gretton Court Nursing Home at The Hospital of God in Greatham.
The facility houses 33 full-time residents and specialises in caring for elderly people with dementia.
Janet Day, assisstant manager of Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, said: “The businesses have spoken for a long time about supporting a dementia cause.
“With such a rise in diagnosed cases across the UK almost everyone you speak to has a family member or friend with this awful condition.
“It would have been easy for them to donate to one of the national organisations but they wanted something closer to Hartlepool.
“This local charity was therefore a perfect choice.”
The businesses raised the money through an ongoing book sale and its annual Christmas fair.
Home manager Andrea Atkinson believes the donation will make a big difference to Gretton Court.
She said: “The £420 raised will go towards funding visits, on top of bringing in entertainment for residents.
“We’ve had Christmas carol singers, Elvis and even belly dancers over the past few months.
“You would not believe the difference one activity can make to our residents, it was lovely to get the call from Hartlepool Enterprise Centre just before Christmas.
“The businesses have been so generous and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved.”
This was the fourth fair run by the businesses.
During that time they have raised around £2000 for local charities.