A VOLUNTEER group-turned-charity in Darlington has hosted its first trustee meeting.

Darlington Support, the local charity behind the 6,000-strong coronavirus Support for Vulnerable Darlington Facebook group, appointed trustees from across the town's political spectrum in a bid to make the non-registered charity politically neutral as it looks to establish itself past the Covid-19 pandemic.

This includes Labour councillors Stephen Harker and Nick Wallis, the latter of which is also the Mayor of Darlington, the Green's Matthew Snedker, Liberal Democrat Anne-Marie Curry, Independent Group councillor Darrien Wright and Conservatives Pauline Culley and Mike Renton.

Kimberley Scott and George Jabbour, the co-founders of Darlington Support, said in a joint statement: "The only reason why we started this project is to help the people of our town.

"We would like everyone in Darlington to benefit from it, not only over the short-term, but also long-term. We hope that this group will remain a legacy for our residents even after the coronavirus episode is over. It would be amazing if out of the darkness, we can have a brighter light that will shine stronger for longer."

Mayor Nick Wallis said: "As Mayor, it has been wonderful to see the fantastic work group volunteers are doing to help the most vulnerable around the borough. It's an honour to serve as one of the trustees."