Hartlepool & District Hospice is celebrating following the success of a charity sportsman’s dinner featuring former Arsenal, Middlesbrough and England football star Ray Parlour.
The event, a partnership between Hartlepool and District Hospice and The Wynyard Rooms at Wynyard Park, attracted 140 mainly business guests from around the region, including Stuart Drummond, the Mayor of Hartlepool and a regular supporter of hospice events.
The evening saw guests treated to a luxury three-course dinner before they were entertained with a collection of well-chosen stories from the football legend’s colourful career.
All catering costs for the event were sponsored by Wynyard Park which reduced the hospice’s costs significantly, meaning the event raised a fantastic £10,500 for hospice services. The money was raised through a combination of activities, including ticket sales, donations, a game of heads and tails, a raffle and a charity auction. The auction featured a variety of exclusive signed sporting goods, as well as a signed Rod Steward Gold Disc.
In real terms, the £10,500 raised will pay for an in-patient bed at the hospice for 6 weeks.
Hartlepool and District Hospice provides specialist palliative care to people and families affected by life-limiting illnesses. It currently costs £2.4 million per year to run the hospice, with only 23% of this amount being funded by the Government.
Francis McAllister, Director of Fundraising at the hospice, said, “It was fantastic to work in partnership with the Wynyard Rooms. The venue, food and their professionalism helped to create a superb atmosphere which everyone enjoyed. Ray Parlour was outstanding, entertaining the audience with inside stories and ‘wind-ups’ which had everyone laughing. I would particularly like to thank everyone who attended the event for supporting our fundraising efforts – they directly help us to fund the services we provide to local patients free of charge.”
“I would also like to extend a thank you to the staff members from Virgin Money who attended the event and have secured match funding for the money raised from the evening’s raffle.”
Jeff Hind from The Wynyard Rooms said: “Hartlepool and District Hospice provides a vitally important service to the local community and we are delighted to have been able to help it raise such a significant sum of money.”