A COUNTY Durham man has donated £5,000 to a hospice after winning a TV gameshow.

Andrew Titchmarsh, from Durham City, won £10,000 after appearing on the daytime BBC game show Impossible.

He decided to donate half his winnings to St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham after scooping the top prize.

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He said: “My brother Chris and I have been fundraising for St Cuthbert’s for a few years now since our Mum passed away here in 2014. We’ve been treating it as a bit of a competition to see who can raise the most money.

“My brother is an ultra-runner and has been raising a lot that way, I thought the only way I could beat him was by winning a game show! I can’t believe it’s happened really.”

Jade McArdle, senior community and events fundraiser at the hospice said: “We were really shocked and surprised when Andrew contacted us to say he wanted to donate £5,000 of his prize winnings.

“We are incredibly grateful to him for sharing such a huge sum of money with us. In real terms, this is enough to fund 52 hours of hospice care to those affected by life-limiting illnesses.”