A MUCH-loved hospice has called in the cavalry to help support its drive away super spring prize draw.

St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, rallied the troops at Catterick Garrison, to promote its raffle to win a brand new Vauxhall Corsa Griffin.

The 1.4 hatchback boasts sat nav, Bluetooth, air conditioning, heated seats, heated steering wheel, auto windscreen wipers, 16-inch black alloy wheels, tinted rear windows and electrically controlled heated door mirrors.

It was supplied for the charity by Vauxhall dealer Drive Darlington which acquired the Sherwoods premises on Chesnut Street, Darlington, pledging to continue the family run business’ support of the hospice.

Drive sales manager Chris Wilson said: “This prize draw is for a great cause and I think it is really important that local businesses do whatever they can to help support local charities.

“When we took over the dealership in Darlington our group operations director Rob Keenan visited St Teresa’s and saw first-hand the great work they do, pledging to continue to support the hospice in the future.

“Just because businesses move it is still vitally important to keep the links with the local community.”

All profits from the draw will go towards helping fund the hospice, on Woodland Road, Darlington, which provides free care and support for residents of Darlington, south-west Durham and North Yorkshire who are affected by life-limiting illness.

St Teresa’s business relations manager David Jones said: “St Teresa’s needs to raise in excess of £3m a year to run its hospice services so every penny raised is absolutely vital.

“We are extremely grateful to Drive Vauxhall for supplying the car for us and to the British Army, at Catterick Garrison, for throwing its full support behind the fundraiser and selling tickets on our behalf.”

As well as the car, the prize draw features a host of other donated prizes including a weekend break in the Lakes, a lawn mower and a pair of children’s bikes.

Tickets for the draw, which will take place on May 31 at Drive Vauxhall Darlington, cost £2 each and will be available for sale from the hospice reception, St Teresa’s charity shops, Catterick Garrison, shops and events across the region, including St Teresa’s annual Bark in the Park at South Park on April 28.

For more information, visit darlingtonhospice.org.uk or search for St Teresa's Hospice on Facebook.