A WEEKEND’S worth of fundraising held in a store in memory of a much-loved colleague who passed away this year has provided a huge boost for a town charity.
Staff at Dunelm Mill, in Highpoint Retail Park, in the town, were left in shock after Pam Crossman died just days after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The 55-year-old passed away in July this year after she was told she was suffering with cancer of the fluid of her brain, leaving her colleagues, family and friends devastated.
But the kind-hearted members of staff at Dunelm Mill immediately decided they wanted to raise cash in Pam’s memory and set about organising an action-packed weekend in store, which also included colleagues taking part in a sponsored bike ride from Hartlepool to the branch in Stockton.
Staff were delighted to discover the activities had raised £2,350, which was then matched by the company meaning they were able to hand over an impressive £4,700 to Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Natalie Whitaker, who works in the customer service department at the store, said: “Pam was absolutely lovely and so popular with everyone who works in the store.
“We really felt like we wanted to do something in Pam’s memory and thought it would be nice for her family as well to show how much we thought of her.
“We are over the moon to have raised as much as we did, the support we had was fantastic.”
Shortly after her death, Pam’s mum Mary, who lives in the Owton Manor area of town, paid an emotional tribute to her daughter.
She said how Pam, who lived in Sandringham Road, loved a good laugh, had a fantastic sense of humour and loved going away on holidays with her friends.
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the Wells Avenue-based hospice, said, “This has been a really successful event by the team at Dunelm Mill in memory of Pam.
“To have raised the initial amount of £2,350, and then for it to be match funded by the company, just shows the level of commitment from the team.
“On behalf of patients, families and staff at the hospice I would like to thank everyone who helped to organise the fun weekend and everyone who supported it.
“The hospice has to raise over £1.78m this year to secure services and each and every event like this helps to ensure that our range of specialist services can continue to be offered free of charge to the communities of Hartlepool and East Durham.”