Hartlepool residents came together this week to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Newholm Court, in Ormesby Road, which provides sheltered housing for elderly or disabled residents in the town, held a coffee afternoon at the complex, raising £322 for the charity.
Support officer Liz Grainger said they held the event in support of residents and staff affected by cancer.
“One of our residents Ann Borleand had ovarian cancer and my brother John Longstaff died from lymphoma cancer aged 43 around 16 years ago so we wanted to give something back,” she said.
“We had a brilliant day-even though at the beginning I didn’t think we were going to make that much.
“It was absolutely brilliant.”
The event saw members of the public and residents and their families come together to enjoy an afternoon cream tea. Stalls also sold bric-a-brac; and a raffle was held along with games including prize bingo and ‘name the teddy.’
Newholm Court is accommodation for those who are elderly or disabled who live independently in bungalows -but residents are supported by staff who help with day-to-day living and run activities for tenants.
The event was held ahead of Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning Event today which raises funds so the charity can continue to provide those affected by cancer with practical support at home including so we p carers and lifts to hospital as well as emotional support through cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals.
The charity also provides people with financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring.