TWO organisations in West Cornforth have had their coffers boosted thanks to a group of sporty fundraisers.

The Cornforth Partnership and West Cornforth Community Association each received cheques for £575 to go into general funds.

The money was raised at a charity match between West Cornforth Rugby Club and Durham City Rugby Club, which featured youth players and prison service staff, at Easter.

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Similar events in the past have supported Help for Heroes and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Alan Hodgson is chairman of the partnership, which provides a variety of services in and around the village including youth work, training, advice, support, a community garden and mobile meals.

He said: “I think it is absolutely great.

“A team of lads in the village came together a couple of years ago and started fundraising for good causes.

“Some hadn’t seen a rugby ball but now the village has a team that plays regularly to raise funds, it is really good of them to support the village.”

Paul Ferguson, chairman of the association which runs the community centre, said: “It means a lot to get this donation, a lot of groups use the centre and it will benefit everyone.”