Video game-themed fun day at pub will see funds raised for hospice

The fun day will raise funds for Hartlepool and District Hospice.
The fun day will raise funds for Hartlepool and District Hospice.

A fun day is to be held in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice next week.

On Monday, which is a Bank Holiday, the Merry Go Round Pub, on Holdforth Road, Hartlepool, are hosting a video games-themed fun day.

This will be a great day with fun for all the family

Janice Forbes

It will see funds raised for the pub’s neighbour, Hartlepool and District Hospice, based in Wells Avenue.

There will be a variety of activities for children, including bouncy castles, a retro game challenge, tin-can alley, face painting and balloon modelling.

People are invited to come in fancy dress as video game characters, with prizes on offer for the best costume.

There will also be a raffle, with prizes including a private reading from Hartlepool medium Peter Crawford, a £20 voucher from Silhouette Beauty, and a Cakes by Nemo voucher.

Kimberley Baldwin, of the Wacky Warehouse Team in The Merry Go Round, said: “We are proud to support the Hospice, which has touched the lives of many of the workers here.

“Not only does the Hospice help patients, but supports families too. We have been fundraising since the Easter weekend and are hoping to raise £2,000.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, added: “This will be a great day with fun for all the family. We are extremely grateful to the team at the Merry Go Round and Wacky Warehouse, and wish them every success.”

Hartlepool & District Hospice is a registered charity offering specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from Hartlepool and East Durham each year.

Those who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses, including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s. Each patient and their family or carers receive a tailor-made package of services, and it costs £2.34million to continue providing the current range of services.

The Hospice receives 24% NHS funding, so the outstanding £1.78million must be raised through fundraising.