Ukulele group strums up support for Hartlepool hospice

Hartlepool Ukelele Group.
Hartlepool Ukelele Group.

Don’t fret ... a musical group is strumming up support for Hartlepool & District Hospice after raising a further £1,000 for the charity.

Hartlepool Ukulele Group (HUG) has already raised more than £5,500 for the hospice through performances and sales of CDs.

The group, which formed two years ago, has been supporting and donating all funds collected from performances which consist of modern songs, classic favourites and a collection of songs on request.

Chairman Brian Davies said: “Our group’s ethos has always been to have fun and raise a lot of money for charity. The hospice is special to the group and it’s good to help the people of Hartlepool.”

The group is holding a Come and Play event on Sunday, October 18, starting at noon at The Pot House.

They are also inviting performers and non-musicians to come along and have fun in helping raise money for the hospice.

Brain said: “The idea is simple, playing music and singing with other people is great fun. Come along and find your sense of rhythm.

“Bring a washboard, kazoo and prepare to shake your maracas.”

More information on their Facebook page Hartlepool Ukulele Group-HUG.

The group is holding a concert in The Studio, Tower Street, on November 7, where special guest on the night is world spoon-playing champion Bert Draycott, and there will also be a performance from vintage singers The Seatones.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice said: “It is always a pleasure to see Hartlepool Ukulele Band, you can’t help but smile and singalong when they play.

“Since choosing the Hospice in April 2014 they have raised over £5,500 for our patient care services. This is a tremendous result and we are extremely grateful for the group’s ongoing support.”

Tickets are £5 and are available from Stan Filipowicz on 07973869792 or Janice Forbes at the hospice on 01429 855536, with all money raised going to the hospice.

It costs £2.34m to continue providing the current range of hospice services.