Organisers of the first Hartlepool Business Awards in four years have handed over much-needed funds raised from the event to local charity the Alice House Hospice.
Orangebox’s CEO Simon Corbett, the chair of the Hartlepool Economic & Business Forum, handed over a cheque for £1,438 to Alice House’s CEO Nicky Haggan.
They were joined by the PFC Trust’s chief operating officer Carl Jorgeson, representing the event’s headline sponsor Plastic Furniture Company, at the Hospice’s headquarters in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool.
Nicky said: “It was great for Alice House to be back at the first Business Awards after a few years away and it is fantastic we have a part to play in the thriving business community we have in the town. The wonderful support received on the night will help towards supporting local patients and families affected by life limiting illnesses at Alice House. I’d like to congratulate the Hartlepool Economic & Business Forum for hosting such a successful night as well as all the winners whose stories made the night even more memorable.”
The Hartlepool Business Awards took place at the Borough Hall in November when around 200 people attended to celebrate the achievements of local businesses and entrepreneurs.
Orangebox’s Simon, who co-hosted the event alongside Christine Hall, now wants to make sure the Hartlepool Business Awards grow each year – and raise more money for charity along the way.
He said: “The Hartlepool Business Awards is about connecting the Hartlepool business community and within that community Alice House plays such a huge part in supporting our residents. Alice House is a charity close to my heart and being able to involve the Hospice in such a brilliant event makes it even more worthwhile. It is great to be in a position to not only raise some much-needed funds but it’s vitally important to raise awareness of the Hospice and the role it plays here – the fantastic work they do”.