Funding boost for Hospice after two successful events

Bring Back Borstal  filmed in Ford Castle
Bring Back Borstal filmed in Ford Castle

A grand dinner and auction which was staged at a country-house hotel in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland was the most successful fund-raiser in the charity’s 20-year history.

The Eshott Hall event, held at the end of last month, was attended by more than 90 people and raised in excess of £23,000.

It was a fitting result, as the occasion was held as part of the charity’s 20th anniversary celebrations.

Peter Slee, chairman of the board of trustees at HospiceCare, said: “This is our biggest fund-raising event yet and our thanks go to all the people and organisations who donated the auction prizes and those who attended on the night.

“The money raised is a vital contribution to the hospice being able to continue providing HospiceCare services to our local communities in north Northumberland.”

The hospice received an extra cash boost last Friday, when Blackshaws Nissan, in Alnwick, hosted a talk by the UK’s leading criminologist, Professor David Wilson.

The event was a sell-out, attended by 240 people, and it raised £2,287.50 for the charity.

Professor Wilson spoke about his work and his recent ITV programme, Bring Back Borstal, which was filmed at Ford Castle. There was a question-and-answer session, as well as a book-signing slot.

The audience included a group of law students from Newcastle.