HOSPICE chiefs have thanked a company for its long standing commitment to their cause by unveiling a new commemorative plaque.
Hartlepool-based local heating oil supplier F Peart & Co has so far raised around £24,000 for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
And the Wells Avenue-based hospice commissioned the plaque as its way of saying thanks for all of the firm’s hard work and dedication.
Hospice staff praised the company, based in Baltic Street in the town, for its “brilliant support”.
The partnership between the two started in 2007, as part of the hospice’s Guild of Patrons scheme, in which companies must commit to supporting the cause for at least three years and donate a minimum of £15,000.
Now in its fifth year of support, F Peart & Co has organised a number of fundraising activities including sponsored runs, charitable dinners and advertising.
Carol Sennett, corporate fundraiser at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “We first started working with F Peart & Co back in January 2007, a month after the Guild of Patrons scheme was launched. Since then, the funding that we’ve had from the whole company has been tremendous.
“We often find that companies sign up to the patron programme for one term, however F. Peart & Co has dedicated itself to continually supporting us and we couldn’t be more grateful.
“Plus the team’s help doesn’t just stop with the one donation.They help us out with runs, raffles and golf days.
“They’ve been brilliant.”
Laura Jackson, business manager at F Peart & Co, added: “We are overjoyed about our name being on the new plaque for Hartlepool & District Hospice.
“We were happy to continue supporting such a good cause in the Hartlepool area.
“The hospice does wonderful things for the community and offers a comprehensive range of care and support for those with life limiting illnesses, or who are suffering from the loss of a loved one.”
The hospice is not the only beneficiary of F Peart & Co.
In November last year the firm launched a charitable bursary scheme designed to support local community groups, charities and sports teams who need a helping hand.