Funeral directors hold Christmas collection for Hartlepool Salvation Army

Strathmore House staff members Elaine Willingale (left) and Alison Clark with donated items. Picture by FRANK REID
Strathmore House staff members Elaine Willingale (left) and Alison Clark with donated items. Picture by FRANK REID

A Hartlepool funeral directors is helping to spread some festive cheer by holding a Christmas collection.

Staff at The Co-operative Funeralcare running an appeal for Hartlepool Salvation Army.

People are very generous to us

Elaine Willingale, Co-operative Funeralcare

People are asked to drop off a donation for The Kisses for Christmas Appeal, at Strathmore House, in Stockton Road.

Toiletries, children’s toys, towels, gloves, socks and non-perishable foods such as tinned food, tea, coffee, pasta and rice are all sought to make a difference to local people.

The collection is in aid of Hartlepool Salvation Army, in Park Road, which will distribute them to needy and homeless people in the run up to Christmas.

Elaine Willingale, of Strathmore House, said: “This is about the third or fourth year we have ran the appeal.

“It is usually quite successful and people are very generous to us.”

The national Salvation Army said: “Much of what we do isn’t unique, but it’s about being there for people when no-one else is.

“That’s why, between now and Christmas, we will be bringing homeless people in from the cold, serving Christmas dinners to lonely older people and delivering boxes filled with food and modest toys to struggling families.

“The Salvation Army is often a much-needed friendly face to people who are isolated and vulnerable.”

Donations for the Hartlepool appeal can be left at Strathmore House which is open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.

Money can also be pledged directly to The Salvation Army on 020 7367 4800 or the website salvationarmy.org.uk