Charity afternoon is hospice’s cup of tea

Heather O'Driscoll of Waltons Clark Whitehill, Sandra Britten of Hartlepool Hospice, and Carolyn Tilly of Tilly Bailey & Irvine.

An afternoon tea and fashion event held in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice has raised around £6,000.

Held at Hartlepool’s Best Western Grand Hotel, and sponsored by Tilly Bailey & Irvine law firm, in association with Waltons Clark Whitehill, the event also featured a drinks reception, boutique shopping and a fashion show, where local choir Mum’s the Word modelled items from Next’s spring and summer range.

The Hartlepool-based choir are no strangers to helping good causes, having sung at countless charity events since they were founded in September 2011.

The money raised goes towards the £1.8m of donations the hospice needs each year, in order to provide vital services that improve the lives of people affected by life limiting illnesses and the death of loved ones.

These services are made even more important by the fact that it is the only hospice that cares for adults in the Hartlepool and East Durham area.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine partner Carolyn Tilly said: “We were pleased to sponsor this event for such a worthy cause.

“The hospice’s highly-trained staff provide essential care and support for people in the most difficult of situations, they are truly a credit to our town.”

Sandra Britten, deputy chief executive of Hartlepool Hospice, added: “On behalf of all at the Hospice, I would like to say a huge thank you to Tilly Bailey and Irvine and Waltons Clark Whitehill for their sponsorship, Kate Sirs and the models from Mum’s the Word Choir, Next for the clothes, Santander for their matched funding, Kelly and her team at the Grand Hotel, all the guests, stall holders, prize and resource donors and everyone else who helped to make this event the success it was.”

“We had a lovely afternoon and it was a pleasure to work with and welcome so many supporters of our work. Everything raised from the day will be used to fund the specialist palliative care services that we provide free of charge to patients and families throughout Hartlepool and East Durham.”

• Pictured (above) is Heather O’Driscoll of Waltons Clark Whitehill, Sandra Britten of Hartlepool Hospice, and Carolyn Tilly of Tilly Bailey & Irvine.


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