Alice House represented at ‘Best of Hartlepool’

On 22nd November the Hartlepool Mail held their Best of Hartlepool Awards and Alice House Hospice were delighted to be represented in four categories by staff, volunteers and community fundraisers.

The nominations were for:

  • Lewin Tubuna in the Child of Achievement category
  • Charlie Coomer and Alan Fawcett in the Volunteer of the Year category
  • The Hospice’s Retail Team in the Community Group Category
  • John Gough & Ann Bates in the Fundraiser of the Year category.

Lewin Tubuna is an inspirational young man who, at the age of only 9, cycled 150 mile Coast to Coast with his dad Suli to raise funds for the Hospice.  Lewin completed the challenge on his 10th birthday and raised over £6,400 for Alice House; an amazing achievement.

Janice Forbes, Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said,“We are so thrilled about Lewin’s recognition at the Best of Hartlepool Awards. It’s a hugely well-deserved accolade and I know that his family are very proud of him, as is everyone here at Alice House. Lewin’s hard work and subsequent fundraising success is an inspirational story and one that has helped provide care for local Hospice patients. Once again, our thanks and congratulations go to an inspirational young man.”

Charlie Coomer and Alan Fawcett have both been volunteering for the Hospice for the past ten years and both work in the Retail Team.

Karen Witherley, Senior Manager Retail said, “The support of our Volunteers is vital to the ongoing success of the retail sector of our organisation.  Last year the Hospice shops raised over £530,000 for Alice House without all of our Volunteers, this wouldn’t be possible.   It was lovely that some of our Volunteers were recognised at the awards and were nominated for individual accolades – congratulations to Charlie and Alan; thanks for all your hard work!”

“In fact the whole Retail Team were recognised too and were nominated in the Community Group category.  I’m so proud that our Retail Team has been nominated for such an honour. I can’t think of a harder working and more deserving group of people. They do an incredible job and come out in all weathers to ensure that our charity shops are open to take donations and serve our loyal customers. On behalf of the team I would like to say a massive thank you for this nomination.”

Last, but by no means least, were John Gough & Ann Bates who were nominated in the Fundraiser of the Year category. 

Greg Hildreth said, “John & Ann, along with family and friends have been great supporters of Alice House over the last decade and beyond. All the money raised in memory of John’s brother and sister, Liam and Angela, has gone to help local families. I know how passionate they are about supporting and the events they hold are always hugely enjoyable. Congratulations on the nomination and on all of your fundraising success.”

To top off the evening and the fabulous nominations there were also two winners on the day.  Both Lewin and Charlie won their categories. 


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