Kind pals back the hospice

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IT might not involve the same hairy moments as their last fundraiser - but two generous pals are hoping for the same result as they attempt to raise charity cash.

Joe McNaughton and Rob Heselton, both 24, went nowhere near a razor for a month as they took part in Movember in 2010 and 2011 splitting all of the money they raised between Hartlepool and District Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.

There’s no growing of moustaches this time around, but the kind-hearted pair are still targeting a big cash total - and this time all of the money is going to the Wells Avenue-based hospice.

Joe and Rob have organised a 70s and 80s-themed charity night to be held at the Raglan Social Club, in Stuart Street, in the town on Saturday, September 14.

Hartlepool’s own Freddie Mercury impersonator Billy West will be headlining the event while people can also help to raise cash by taking part in raffles and auctions.

The pals have set a target of £2,000 and are hoping hospice supporters come out in force like they have done during their two previous fundraising efforts.

Joe, a data analyst who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool with his parents, June and Peter, and younger brothers Nick, 22, and Jack, 20, said: “The support we have had in the past when we have been raising money has been fantastic.

“I’m sure if we get that support again we can get closer to hitting our target of £2,000.

“This year we decided we just wanted to support the hospice, it’s a town cause and a brilliant facility which means so much to so many people in the town.”

Joe and Rob, who works at Barclays Bank and lives in the Middleton Road area of Hartlepool, are urging people to snap up tickets as soon as possible.

Joe added: “It’s going to be good fun, especially with the 70s and 80s theme. I’m not sure what I’m going to dress up as yet though.

“We didn’t organise a fundraiser last year, but me and Rob wanted to continue to show our support for the hospice this year so hopefully it will be another success.”

Tickets are available from the club now, priced at £5. The event will get underway at 7pm.