Celebration helps the hospice

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SCORES of people who celebrated all things Irish helped to raise £1,600 for a town charity.

More than 120 people gathered at the Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, and celebrated St Patrick’s Day in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Guests enjoyed a traditional Irish three-course meal, Irish music, a quiz, disco, raffle and other games.

They were also treated to a performance from the Jill Cooper Academy of Dance, based in York Road, Hartlepool.

The action-packed evening raised an impressive £1,600 for the Wells Avenue-based hospice, which will help to maintain the specialist palliative care given to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and east Durham each year.

Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “We had a great night and I’d like to thank everyone who supported it, in particular the Jill Cooper Academy of Dance for providing such fantastic entertainment throughout.

“There had clearly been a lot of hard work and practice put in to create such brilliant routines.

“I was really pleased with all the feedback we received from guests on the night who had obviously really enjoyed themselves and were very happy to be supporting such a worthwhile cause.”