Tata Steel workers show their steel for charity

Tata workers hand over the money to John Martindale, head of fundraising at Hartlepool & District Hospice
Tata workers hand over the money to John Martindale, head of fundraising at Hartlepool & District Hospice

MORE than a dozen steel company workers went the extra mile to raise cash for a hospice.

Eighteen walkers, two cyclists and one runner from the TATA Steel 20 inch Mill in Hartlepool tried to follow the route of the 17-mile Osmotherly Phoenix endurance event in North Yorkshire to raise cash for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

The 21-strong team completed the course independently and even managed to add another 20 miles to the route as a result of having wet maps as they battled torrential rain and high winds to complete the course in July.

The route is part of the Osmotherly Summer Games, the challenge event starts and finishes at the Village Hall, Osmotherley, with the 17-mile course having an around 2,000 feet of climb.

Gill Ridden, from TATA Steel, said: “Everyone was spurred on by the work done by the hospice, it was a fantastic effort. I would like to thank everyone who supported the event with their sponsorship – it was a real team effort.”

The steel firm is a major backer of the hospice and is among its Guild of Patrons which pledge their support.

The hospice provides vital specialist palliative care services to the communities of Hartlepool and east Durham, and services include a day hospice, respite care, an inpatient unit and complementary therapies.

It is the only adult service available in Hartlepool and east Durham and it is crucial bosses can reach the £1.7m fundraising target to ensure that they can support patients for future generations.

Francis McAllister, director of fundraising at the hospice, said: “TATA Steel have already committed to support us strategically as members of our Guild of Patrons.

“To also see the efforts of their staff shows just how much our service really means to our local community.

“I would like to thank TATA Steel and all of their staff for their incredible support.”

For more information about how you or your business can support the hospice through the Guild of Patrons, contact Carol Sennett on (01429) 855552.