A hospice which cares for terminally ill patients is appealing to East Durham businesses to lend their support.

Alice House in Hartlepool, formerly the Hartlepool and District Hospice, relies on donations as it receives very little statutory funding.

Carol Sennett and Greg Hildreth from the hospice this week attended their first Peterlee and Seaham Business Parks networking event as they aim to raise the profile of Alice House, and spoke about the launch of their first ever corporate brochure, which they hope will encourages businesses in the area to get on board.

The brochure was designed for free by Hartlepool agency Blast and sponsored by hospice patrons Wynyard Park, who also took a double page.

It includes information on the different and mutually beneficial ways in which companies can support Alice House, as well as providing information on hospice services, funding and case studies of existing supporters.

Speaking at the event, Greg said: “We are excited about this new project and have never had resources of such high quality before.

“We’ll be proud to share our new brochure with the area’s business community and would be delighted to speak to anyone wishing to explore the possibility of helping local patients who are approaching the end of their lives.

“We’re actively looking to engage businesses from the Seaham and Peterlee communities so if anyone can help as part of their CSR agenda, we’d love to hear from them.”

Any business wishing to request a copy of the brochure can contact Greg on 01429 855529 or ghildreth@alicehousehospice.co.uk