Club representatives, including manager Dave Challinor, recently visited a local Poolies fan as part of a fundraising drive for Alice House Hospice.
Hartlepool United Community Sports Foundation raised £350, which was then topped up to £1000 by club sponsor Joseph Parr Ltd and donated to the Hospice.
The group visited Hartlepool fan Ray Liddell's house - who has bought a 35Ft Grinch and erected it outside of his house to raise funds for the Hospice, who cared for his father Frank who died of COVID19 in May.
There has been a huge response to the appeal with people have been coming from all over the North East and beyond to see The Grinch. Janice Forbes, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice said “A huge thank you to Hartlepool United and Joseph Parr for their fantastic contribution towards the Grow Your Hart Fund. To date over £30,000 has been raised for Hospice patients. This is a huge boost for the Hospice after a very difficult year with most of our normal fundraising activities cancelled resulting in around £1.5m of lost income”.
Challinor said 'It's been a superb effort by Ray to raise the amount of money that he has and it was great to be able to go down and see it first hand - as well as chat football with him. It is vital that the club get involved in community efforts like this and give a bit of support and encouragement. It's also great to see Joseph Parr helping out with this - they have been a good partner for the club and have shown their community spirit again here.'
To donate towards Alice House Hospice through the 'Grow Your Hart' campaign - please visit the Just Giving link below: