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£50k donation gives Teesside hospice major boost

A generous donation has transformed a disused hospice sitting area into valuable care space, because of the kindness of a family touched by its work.

Wynyard Park chief executive Chris Musgrave and his mother Mary made a £50,000 donation to Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool in memory of the late Joe Musgrave.

The money has allowed Alice House to fit two new bedrooms for patients with life-limiting illnesses.

And Wynyard Park plans to further help with fund-raising by holding a race day in June at the beautiful Rockliffe Hall.

Chris, Mary and Chris’s son Joe – pictured (above) inpatient unit manager Denise Shepherd – officially opened the new patient rooms at the Hospice, to commemorate his father’s dedication to the organisation.

Chris said: “Dad was a long-term supporter of Alice House Hospice and a founder member of the Alice House Hospice Guild of Patrons.

“When he passed, my Mum and I thought it would be fitting to commemorate his love and dedication to the hospice, through a memorial in his name.

“After a tour of the facility, Mum and I were shown a large sitting area that sadly got very little use due to the fact that many patients are bed-bound and family and friends therefore visit them in their rooms.”

Since Joe Musgrave’s passing in 2016, Wynyard Park has made a number of donations to the Hospice, as well as hosting a number of fundraising events in Joe’s memory.

Last year Wynyard Park, an 886-acre property development, held a race day at Sedgefield Racecourse, which raised a further £50,000 for the hospice.

Julie Hildreth, the hospice’s senior fundraising manager, said: “Joe was incredibly supportive of Alice House Hospice and we will remember him for his kindness and support of patients and their families.”

Wynyard Park is holding a Royal Ascot event at Rockliffe Hall on June 19, for both Alice House Hospice and The MFC Foundation. Tables of 10 cost £1,200, with VIP sponsorship packages from £1,700. For more information contact Lauren Pringle at lauren.pringle@wynyardpark.com or call 01740 667 000.

 

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