A DARLINGTON hospice has thanked some of its supporters with a presentation evening to mark their efforts.

St Teresa’s Hospice, based at The Woodlands, in Woodland Road, Darlington, held its annual general meeting and took the chance to highlight the fundraising efforts of people around the town.

A number of individuals, businesses and organisations were named as Excellent Supporters, including the front of house staff at Darlington Civic Theatre, who raise £2,500 with a collection each time Darlington OS puts on a show.

Also honoured was Chris Lloyd, deputy editor of The Northern Echo, who received an honorary life membership for his efforts to raise £8,500 in collections for his Memories walks around Darlington.

The hospice also announced the retirement of its chairman, Alastair MacConachie, who is stepping down after 15 years to become president of the charity after Easter.

He will be replaced by Darlington GP Harry Byrne, who is retiring from Neasham Road surgery next year.

Jane Bradshaw, chief executive of the hospice, said: “Alastiar and I have worked together for the last 15 years and seen many wonderful changes to the hospice in that time. He won’t be missed because he is stepping down to become our president, but he is very well thought of.

“We also took the time to honour our supporters, without whom we couldn’t operate. They give support both in fundraising and also help in kind.”

The full list of Excellent Supporters : Michelle and George Jenkinson, of the Three Crowns, in Darlington; Martin Brown, of Barclays Bank; Julie Archer, from Malton’s Sandwich Bar; Ged Wiper, from Tyne Tees Packaging; Mary Atkins, Cooks & Kitchens; Trish Pemberton, from Polam Hall School and the Interact club; Adam Hall, Darlington Fire Service; Peter Robinson, of Nordic Pioneer; Paul Ashley, from Durtona; Alison Carling and David Woodcock.