A CHARITY which raises thousands of pounds each year has given out more than £33,000 to good causes in the area.

The Rotary Club of Durham presented more than 30 charities with donations to help them to their work.

President Pauline Crow said: “”County Durham is so lucky to have so many wonderful charities on the doorstep, many of which are staffed by volunteers.

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“The difference that they make within the community is fantastic, and we are pleased to do everything we can to support them through our own fundraising initiatives. Many thanks to all.”

The organisation raised money through activities including its annual swimathon and Santa’s sleigh tour.

Donations were made to charities including St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Downs Syndrome North East, The Rainbow Trust, Open Gate Durham, Salvation Army, The Cheesy Waffles Company, Lionmouth Rural Centre, Durham Agency Against Crime, Daft as a Brush Cancer Support, County Durham Stroke Club, SSAFA - the Armed Forces Charity, Laurel Avenue Community Association and University Hospital of North Durham’s Treetops Ward.

St Nicholas’ Church in Durham, Josie’s Dragonfly Trust, Age UK, DFW Adoption, Durham Hospital Radio, Finchale Training College and the Nevilles Cross Battlers also benefitted.