Hartlepool man who has raised tens of thousands for charity – set to hold concert event for health trust

A man once recognised as Hartlepool’s fundraiser of the year is organising his next collection as thanks to an NHS trust for their care.

Fundraising people in front of the site of Hartlepool hospitalDavid Smith, who has raised more than £60,000 for numerous charities, will be holding an event for the charitable arm of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

David is the branch secretary for Cleveland and Durham Oddfellows Friendly Society and has been organising musical fundraising concerts for the last 11 years as a volunteer for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Three years ago, David had successful hip replacement surgery at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Teaming up with Ian Pounder, musical director at St Hilda’s Church in the town, he is planning to hold a special concert in aid of the Trust – on Saturday 9 July.

Concert posterDavid said: “The care I had was exemplary – from the doctor and his team who performed surgery to the cleaner who opened a window for me when I was hot.

“Each and every person was fantastic. When I wanted to hold another fundraiser following the pandemic, I wanted it to be for the Trust.

“This is not only our chance to raise money for a fantastic organisation but also to get people together again for a public event after more than two years of disruption.

“The church has a lot of vulnerable members who haven’t been able to see a live performance.

“We want the community to come along – we have around 150 tickets to sell for a fantastic cause.

“The evening will include a number of very talented performers – all ranging in ages and background. It is a great opportunity to support our local healthcare provider as well as celebrate some of the brilliant talent we have in Hartlepool.”

The event will include performances from the Hartlepool Ladies Choir, students from the Kate Sirs School of Music and a poetry reading by army major Albert Armstrong as well as much more.

Tickets are £10 and will include tea, coffee and biscuits

Suzi Campbell, fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We are so grateful David, Ian and St Hilda’s Church are holding this event in aid of our charity – North Tees and Hartlepool Together.

“It’s thanks to people like this that we our staff are able to deliver the first class care we do. Thank you once again.”

For more information or to buy tickets please visit https://hartlepool-sthilda.org.uk/

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