Ramsdens raises £18,000 for two local Hospices

A JEWELLER has raised thousands of pounds for two North-East charities thanks to the help of the football club it sponsors.

Ramsdens, who sponsor Middlesbrough FC, have raised more than £18,000 for Butterwick Hospice and Teesside Hospice.

The charities appeared across the front of Boro players' shirts for their game against Reading in February.

As well as dedicating the shirt sponsorship to the charities, Ramsdens donated money from shirt sales, bucket collections and funds raised from a charity dinner to the two hospices.

A cheque was handed over to the charities yesterday, with the help of Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, who was recently appointed Teesside Hospice Ambassador.

The Boro defender said: "I was delighted to have the names of two phenomenal local charities on our shirts at the game against Reading.

"I have always seen it as part of my job to be a positive influence through sport and charity and I am very proud to be able to support hospice care in our community."

Peter Kenyon, Ramsdens Chief Executive, said: "We couldn't have been more pleased to donate this sponsorship to raise awareness of the great work both Butterwick Hospice and Teesside Hospice do.

"The shirts were very well received at the match, with Middlesbrough FC fans donating to the two charities through bucket collections, text to win schemes and our eBay auctions, where fans could bid on the special auction shirts, it was fantastic to see."

Maureen Thompson, Chief Executive at Teesside Hospice, said: "We are very grateful for the opportunity given to us by Ramsdens to raise awareness of our vital work in the local community.

Debbie Jones, Chief Executive at Butterwick Hospice, added: "Football is a large part of every community and touches the lives of people of all ages, our hospice services mirror that."

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