Thank you for helping

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HOSPITAL chiefs have said a big thank you to everyone who fundraised to help victims of domestic violence.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust invited visitors to its sites at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees to leave a message to a loved one as well as a donation on a memory tree in the hospital chapels.

Visitors left hundreds of messages on the two trees, and they also helped to raise more than £400 in donations to Harbour.

It is a charity which helps adults and children across the region who have suffered domestic violence or abuse.

Funds will be split between Harbour’s branches in Hartlepool and Stockton.

Co-ordinating chaplain Dave Russon said: “Every year, we place Christmas memory trees in both of the hospital chapels and invite people to place a message to a loved one on the trees.

“Many leave messages to family and friends who are no longer with them. Anyone who has spent time in the chapel reading some of the messages will tell you that it is hard not to be affected by them.

“Every year, we offer people who leave messages the opportunity to donate to charity and we are always so pleased with the response we have to it.

“This year we have raised one of the highest amounts ever which is amazing and a sign of the generosity of people in the region.

“We would like to thank every visitor who donated – we are not surprised because we know how generous and thoughtful people are in this area, but we are always thankful.”

He described Harbour as “a fantastic charity offering refuge services, adult and children’s outreach services”.

It also offers a counselling programme and a perpetrator programme across Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough, and Easington.

All of the names on the two trees were due to be remembered in prayer last weekend at the chapel at the University Hospital of North Tees.