Hartlepool workers donate £20,000 to hospice

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Patient care at a Hartlepool hospice is set to benefit from a major donation from local workers.

Employees at The Expanded Metal Company and Birtley Group, which are both based in Hartlepool, have donated £20,000 from their benevolent fund to Alice House Hospice, which offers care and support for people and their families affected by life limiting illnesses, or the death of a loved one.

Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool is the only adult hospice in the Hartlepool and East Durham area offering a comprehensive range of services, providing vital healthcare provision for the community.

Each year it costs around £2.5m for Alice House Hospice to provide specialist care services and only a quarter of this amount is funded by the Government.

The hospice depends on fundraising activities to reach the shortfall, meaning that support from businesses and the community is crucial to sustain hospice care in the region.

The Expanded Metal Company supplies a wide range of expanded metal mesh products from its 25,000 sqm Hartlepool site facilities and has a rich industrial heritage in Hartlepool. It has been a prominent manufacturing business in the area since 1889, and is renowned for its technical expertise and capabilities in expanded metal.

Birtley Group offers a wide range of products and services for the construction industry and encompasses the Birtley, Expamet and Bowater Doors brands.

Many of the staff at The Expanded Metal Company and Birtley Group originally worked together under the umbrella of Expamet International, before The Expanded Metal Company was sold to Gibraltar Industries in November 2006 and Expamet was run as a separate business before being sold to Birtley Group Limited in 2012.

Dave Atkinson, machine operator at The Expanded Metal Company, who organised the donation, said: “My colleagues and I wanted to donate the funding to a local charity in Hartlepool. Alice House Hospice is an excellent service, so it’s brilliant that we can help.

“I have personal experience of the support it offers patients and families, as my own mother received care from Alice House Hospice. The staff were amazing and helped us through a very difficult time.”

Philip Astley, managing director of The Expanded Metal Company said: “I would like to thank our employees who have generously organised the contribution of this donation to the hospice. Generations of the Hartlepool community have worked for The Expanded Metal Company and we have very strong roots in the local area.”

Alice House Hospice was set up in 1980 by hospice founder, Alice Bendle and has since supported thousands of local people and their families.


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