Ho-down will raise cash for South Tyneside hospice

Band Angels of the North are headlining a fundraising night for St Clare's Hospice.
Band Angels of the North are headlining a fundraising night for St Clare's Hospice.

Dance enthusiasts are being invited to grab their partners by the hand to help raise funds for a South Tyneside charity.

A hoe-down is being held in aid of St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.

Without the support of the community we just wouldn’t have the funds to operate, it really is that important.

Colin Powell, St Clare’s Hospice

One of the North East’s best-loved ceilidh bands will be providing music for the event.

Angels of the North will take to the stage at Whiteleas Social Club in Oswald Street, South Shields, on Saturday, June 6.

The event, kicking off at 7.30pm, will help the Primrose Terrace hospice cover the cost of providing palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses.

The hospice was established almost 30 years ago to give free care to its patients and their families, but the cost of doing so is almost £2m a year.

The National Health Service provides about 30 per cent of that total, but the hospice has to raise £1.4m a year itself and relies heavily on the help of people raising funds through sponsored challenges and other events.

Community fundraiser Colin Powell said: “Without the support of the community, we just wouldn’t have the funds to operate. It really is that important.

“It costs a staggering amount of more than £3,800 a day to operate the hospice, which is a phenomenal amount, and that shows just how much we rely on the support that people give us.

“The hospice really wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the people who do the Great North Run, host tea parties, zipwire across the River Tyne, organise a raffle and all the other amazing things that people do to raise money for us.”

He added: “This is the first time we’ve had this band play for us and had a hoe-down, but from what I can gather about it, it’s going to be great fun.

“I’ve been told that the lady who gives the directions makes sure that everyone can keep up and is enjoying themselves.

“Events like this are always a lot of fun, and I’m sure everyone who goes along will have a very memorable evening, as well as help raise some much-needed funds for the hospice.

“You don’t have to be professional dancer by any stretch of the imagination, or even very good at all, to join in.

“Hopefully, people will really enjoy it, and we’ll raise a lot of cash.”

Tickets cost £7.50 in advance or £10 on the door, and they include a buffet. To book, ask at the hospice’s reception or call 0191 451 6378.