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Coffee morning boost for hospice coffers

IN THE MONEY ... St Clares Hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard, left, receives a cheque for �387.50 from Yorkshire Bank manager Tracey Wright, centre, and Last Respects Michele Rutherford.

IN THE MONEY ... St Clares Hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard, left, receives a cheque for �387.50 from Yorkshire Bank manager Tracey Wright, centre, and Last Respects Michele Rutherford.

THE business community in South Tyneside rallied round to raise hundreds of pounds for local patient care.

Yorkshire Bank joined forces with Last Respects Funeral Service to organise a fundraising coffee morning for St Clare’s Hospice, Jarrow, with many local shops and firms backing the event.

Tracey Wright, a local branch manager for Yorkshire Bank, said: “Through the generosity of Yorkshire Bank customers, and friends and family of Michele Rutherford of Last Respects and I, the total amount we raised for St Clare’s was £387.

“These kind donations, from all local businesses, helped us to generate interest in our community spirit, that Michele and I set out to achieve.”

The coffee morning was held at Yorkshire Bank, Denmark Centre, South Shields, and included a raffle and tombola, with prizes donated by local businesses as part of the spirited community effort.

Michele Rutherford, of Last Respects, said: “I was more than happy to help organise the coffee morning after speaking with Tracey in the branch.

“Our idea seemed to snowball after our first discussion and local businesses were fantastic, donating prizes for our raffle and tombola.

“We were delighted to raise so much money for the hospice.”

In addition, Yorkshire Bank provided match funding, boosting the final total to more than £700.

Senior hospice fundraiser Vanessa Mustard said: “We’d like to sincerely thank Tracey from Yorkshire Bank and Michele from Last Respects for their support in holding this coffee morning.

“They and their customers have helped to raise a lot of money over the years, via coffee mornings and raffles, and have always been very generous. We hope people enjoyed a coffee – and perhaps a cake.”

The following local businesses were thanked for donating to the raffle: Cream Hair Design, Michael’s Cafe, House of Ink, Body Art South Shields, Eleanor’s Floral Creations, Diamond Hair, Aesthetic Expert, Ewe Euphoria, Catering by Anita, Amazon Hair, Absolutely Fabulous, Champion Fruits, Unique Footwear and South Shields Florist.

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