Special visitors brighten up Christmas Day at Alice House

Staff and patients at Alice House were pleased to welcome some special visitors on Christmas Day; Austin and Poppy Corbett aged 8 and 11 along with their dad Simon came along to give out presents for the second year in a row.

The family tradition began after Simon’s father Ian died in 2017, who was cared for in the Holdforth Unit of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Simon started taking presents for patients there in memory of his dad and in 2018 decided to extend this gesture to his local hospice too.

Simon said “It all went really well on Christmas Day, I think my kids put some nice smiles on patients’ and their families’ faces. It was quite emotional at times and made it thoroughly worthwhile. I really enjoyed it.”

Simon is CEO of Orangebox Training Solutions Limited and his visits have led to Simon and his business becoming involved in a number of different fundraising projects including a forthcoming charity dinner at Wynyard Hall on 31 January.

Greg Hildreth, Corporate Fundraiser at Alice House said “It has been great getting to know Simon over the last year and wonderful that Poppy and Austin like to come in and brighten up Christmas for our patients; what a great example they are to other young people. Thank you for such kindness and for being so thoughtful at Christmas.”

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