GIANT versions of the game Jenga will be used to support a hospice's bereavement counselling sessions.

Butterwick Hospice Care thanked business people who worked together to get a giant version of the game Jenga for use in bereavement counselling sessions.

The charity's fundraiser Milly Toner appealed to fellow members of business networking group BNI Prince Bishops Chapter for help to get a Giant Jenga set.

Rachel Armstrong, from Baltic Training in Newton Aycliffe, then used her online business connections to spread the appeal further afield.

The plea reached Chris Nicholls, director of a technology firm in Blackpool, who offered to donate one large and one small Jenga.

Then another BNI member, Ian Proctor from Pixel Media, donated a further Giant Jenga to the hospice so there will be sets at both the Bishop Auckland and Stockton hospices.

The games will be used by bereavement counsellor Hazel Saunders during sessions to achieve a more in-depth understanding of families' feelings.

Milly Toner, from the hospice, said: "A massive thank you to BNI, Rachel Armstrong, Ian Proctor and Chris Nicholls for making something so great happen in such a short space of time.

"It’s great to see networking really works when you need help."