Helping the hospice

GENEROUS pub regulars raised more than £1,000 for a hospice thanks to their kind donations.

Drinkers at the Clarendon Pub, in Tower Street, Hartlepool, took part in quizzes, raffles and auctions in a fundraising drive for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The pub-goers decided to raise money for the cause after their friend and pub regular Margo Davis died of cancer last year, after being treated in the Wells Avenue-based facility.

The kind-hearted group managed to raise almost £1,100 for the cause in just six weeks.

William Smith, 66, was the brains behind the fundraising.

William, who lives in Oval Grange, Hartlepool, said: “The work the hospice does is absolutely fantastic so we decided we wanted to raise some money for them.

“We held auctions and raffles and people donated money in the pub.

“I was surprised to raise as much as we did in such a short space of time, I would like to thank everyone who helped with the donations.”

Tracy Woodall, chief executive at Hartlepool and District Hospice, said: “Staff and regulars at the Clarendon have done a fantastic job raising almost £1,100.

“It is the help and support of the local community which enables the hospice to go on providing the valuable specialist care and support to people from Hartlepool and east Durham.

“As the only adult hospice serving the area, our wide range of services provide vital support to patients and their families.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to all our supporters.”

The pub is now planning its next charity venture when it will be raising money for armed forces charity Help for Heroes.

People should ask at the pub for more information.