Butterwick Hospice Care was the nominated charity for Rockliffe Hall in 2016. The luxury hotel’s staff raised money through a range of activities, including the Great North Run, and guests were also invited to make a voluntary donation to the charity when they checked out.
The cheque presentation took place at the start of a Victorian Era-themed Ladies Afternoon Tea in The Rockliffe Suite, at Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, near Darlington. The event was introduced by Beryl Anderson, who has been a fundraiser for Butterwick Hospice Care for the last 17 years and announced that this was her last event. It featured Maeve Nattrass taking on the role of Victorian heroine Florence Nightingale. There were also stalls selling a variety of gifts from local tradespeople and one of Rockliffe Hall’s Executive Head Chefs did a cookery demonstration on how to create the perfect Victoria Sponge.
Butterwick Hospice Care raises funds for the charity which cares for people of all ages who are living with a progressive life limiting illness in the North East. Each year it costs more than £4 million to fund Butterwick’s current services but it receives less than 25% of this from statutory funds meaning it relies on the rest from donations.
Eamonn Elliott said: “Everyone at Rockliffe Hall has enjoyed helping raise money for such a worthwhile cause and I’m delighted to be handing over this cheque to Graham today.”
Graham Leggatt-Chidgey said: “I am thrilled to accept this cheque from Eamonn and the team at Rockliffe Hall. The charity benefits greatly from linking with high profile businesses in the region, like Rockliffe Hall, and we are always grateful for their support.”