Town of Hartlepool Challenge group to host hospital fight fundraising night

Glen Hughes with his Save Our Hartlepool Hospital posters.
Glen Hughes with his Save Our Hartlepool Hospital posters.

A CAMPAIGN group is holding a fundraising event on Friday night to help in the ongoing fight to bring hospital services back to Hartlepool.

The Town of Hartlepool Challenge group was set up on Facebook towards the end of last year, and now has around 4,000 members who are actively fighting to restore services from the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, back to Hartlepool.

The group, which arranged the rally at the town centre war memorial last month, is hosting an event at Café 177, in York Road, from 7pm, on Friday, March 13.

There will be a fully-licensed bar, entertainment from soul, blues and jazz singer Ashley Black, and also a pie and pea supper.

All cash raised from the fundraiser will go towards helping to pay for leaflets, publicity and advertising events which are planned over the coming months.

Glen Hughes, administrator for the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group, said: “So far the group members have been using their own money to cover various costs, so we want to create a bit of a fundraising to pay for publicity costs and getting leaflets printed and things like that.

“It should be a great night and there are about 100 tickets available.”

The campaign group had planned to stage a protest at the Houses of Parliament to highlight their battle to get services returned to the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

But members say this has been postponed for the time being and details will be released later this year.

Tickets for Friday’s event are priced £4, and are available from Café 177.