SHOP volunteers received huge praise after donating thousands of pounds to charity.
Fire chiefs were delighted after workers from the Hartlepool Hospital Charity Shop, in the town’s Murray Street, donated £5,000 to a vital help service.
The cash, which was donated to The Firefighter’s Charity, was handed over to Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton.
The charity supports anyone affected by fires, including families and firefighters injured during incidents.
The shop, which relies on public donations, regularly hands out cash to different charities including Macmillan Nurses, Springwell School and Great North Air Ambulance Service.
Mr Hayton said: “We received a phone call from Sylvia Johnson, one of the volunteers in the shop, to say that they would like to make a donation to The Firefighter’s Charity.
“After a further chat we were then informed of the extent of the donation £5,000.
“We are extremely grateful for their generosity and want to thank the volunteers who work there and also those who have donated to the shop and purchased items.
“It was great to meet the staff in person and be awarded the huge cheque. The charity really appreciates any support or donations they receive and are reliant on generosity of the public.
“This cash will make such a big difference to the work they do.
“The Firefighters Charity supports those in need from the wider fire community, helping widows, widowers, orphaned children and all family dependants through difficult times of need.
“The charity assists injured firefighters to achieve a better quality of life following accidents and injuries through convalescent and rehabilitative care.
“Over the many years I have served they have been invaluable in assisting serving and retired staff and their families to better health and improving quality of life.”
Doreen Dixon, a volunteer in the shop, said: “We wouldn’t be able to donate money to help such worthy causes like The Fire Fighters Charity without the help from our customers, not only the ones who kindly donate, but also the ones who come into the shop and make purchases so I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.”