Fundraising night of entertainment for Hartlepool hospice

Kay Smith
Kay Smith

A VITAL service which supports grieving people in the Hartlepool area will benefit from a night of fundraising this weekend.

Tickets are still available for anyone wanting to support The Kay Smith Night at the Owton Manor Social Club which will be held on Saturday, October 25.

Highlights will include a live band called Groove Nation as well as comedian Josh Daniels. There will also be an auction, raffle, head and tails competition, as well as a pie and pea supper.

Tickets are £10 and proceeds will go towards the salary of the Kay Smith counsellor who works at Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Hundreds of people have already benefited from the help of the specialist bereavement counsellor who is based at the hospice, in Wells Avenue, thanks to the Kay Smith Fund.

The Fund was formed as a tribute to the life of Hartlepool woman, Kay Smith, who died from cancer in January 2006, aged 37. The fund had been keen supporters of the hospice for five years before they announced, at the start of 2012, their five year plan to support the counsellor post.

Michael Sumpter

Michael Sumpter

Fund trustee Michael Sumpter said: “We have pledged that, each year, we will raise £15,000 to go towards the salary of a counsellor who is called the Kay Smith counsellor.

“So far, we have raised about £200,000.”

He said events such as the Kay Smith Night helped to pay for the service and he hoped more than 200 people would attend to boost the fundraising total even further.

Hospice events fundraiser, Greg Hildreth, said: “The support we get from the Kay Smith Fund is fantastic. The fund is a wonderful organisation and we have had sterling support from them over the years.

“They fund the counsellor which is a worthy part of our services.”

The hospice offers specialist palliative care to hundreds of adults from the Hartlepool and East Durham areas each year.

They can be living with illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

Anyone wanting tickets for this Saturday’s fundraising evening can contact Michael Sumpter on (01429) 231500 or John Rooke on (01429) 221133.