Push together for hospice cash

Hospice staff with the bed which helped to raise more than �800.
Hospice staff with the bed which helped to raise more than �800.

A CHARITY event which saw more than a dozen people pushing a bed around the town raised more than £800.

Staff at Hartlepool & District Hospice organised their very first bed push earlier this year.

The quirky fundraiser saw 10 members of staff from the Wells Avenue-based facility join local police and fire officers to push a bed from Navigation Point to the Park Inn, in Park Road, Hartlepool.

The kind-hearted group stopped off at bars, restaurants and supermarkets on the way in a bid to boost their fundraising total.

And the event has been hailed a success after it raised £860.98 for the hospice, including a generous £100 sponsorship from Sweet Dreams Furnishings.

Staff were delighted at the outcome, and said they now hope to make the bed push an annual event.

Janice Forbes, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “It was a brilliant day, everyone who was involved really enjoyed it.

“It was a bit of fun and to raise as much as we did was fantastic.”

After starting the effort at Navigation Point, the group made their way to Springs Health Club, over to Asda and Morrisons before moving on to Yates’s, in Victoria Road, and King Johns Tavern, in South Road, in the town.

Considering it was the very first time the hospice had organised the bed push they were over the moon with the outcome and haven’t ruled out making it an annual event.

Janice added: “It was a really good laugh and we raised a brilliant amount of money in just two hours.

“It would be good if we could make this an annual event and maybe even take it around the town.

“On behalf of the hospice, I would like to thank all of the venues along the route for allowing us to collect as well as everyone who donated.”