Charity effort in mum’s memory

THE kind-hearted family and friends of a mum who lost her life to cancer raised almost £3,000 in her memory.

Susan Hockett, who lived in the Clavering area of Hartlepool, lost a short battle with cancer in November last year aged 56.

Susan, who lived in the town with her husband, Dave, and was mum of Colin, 36, and Debra McHugh, 38, spent her final days being cared for by the “magnificent staff” at Hartlepool & District Hospice.

As a way of saying thanks to the nurses and other staff at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, Susan’s family and friends organised a fundraising evening in her memory.

And to the delight of organisers the event, at Seaton Social Club, raised a hugely impressive £2,900.

Susan’s daughter, Debra, a nurse who lives in Sandbanks Drive, in Hartlepool, said she was overwhelmed with the generous response of people who attended the event.

The mum-of-three said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended for their generosity, to those who gave donations and raffle prizes and the kind-hearted people who bought raffle tickets in the lead up to the event.”

Debra paid particular thanks to family friends Vikki Noble, 37, and Vicki Whitfield, 25, who organised the event.

Alison Emerson, administration officer at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “This is a tremendous amount of money that Susan’s family and friends have raised and it is a lovely tribute in her memory.

“The money raised all goes towards the specialist palliative care services we provide to the communities of Hartlepool and East Durham.”