Race day raises record £40,000 for Hartlepool hospice

A CHARITY day at a racecourse raised more than £40,000 to become one of the most successful for Hartlepool’s hospice.

Wynyard Park hosted The Countdown to Christmas Raceday that gave the huge boost to Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The charity event, which started at 11am, saw a day and evening of hospitality, racing and entertainment at Sedgefield Racecourse to raise much needed funds and awareness for the charity.

Hartlepool and District Hospice exists to improve the lives of people and families affected by life-limiting illness, or the death of a loved one by ensuring they get the quality care and support they need.

As the only adult hospice in the Hartlepool and East Durham area, its comprehensive range of services are both unique and vital to the communities they serve.

Wynyard Park became founder member of the hospice’s Guild of the Patrons in 2006, with support dating long before then.

Over the years, it has generously donated more than £60,000 to the charity and has lent support to numerous fundraising events.

Jill Williamson, executive director at Sedgefield Racecourse, said; “We were absolutely delighted and honoured to welcome Wynyard Park and the Hartlepool and District Hospice to the raceday and we hope it has helped to raise awareness for the charity.”

The raceday raised £41,000 for the charity through sponsorship, hospitality, auction, raffle and donations and has proved to be one of many successful charity racedays at Sedgefield.

An auction during the event managed to raise £15,000 towards the sum.

The event was also supported by Barclays Bank and Santander.

Greg Hildreth, corporate fundraiser at the hospice, said: “It was an absolute record-breaker. It’s one of the most successful fundraising events for the hospice.

“It was an incredible day and had tremendous support from businesses and all that went along.

“We would like to say thank you to Chris Musgrave and Wynyard Park for hosting the event. All the money will go into our patient care services.”