A MENTAL health support group is to receive a £5,000 shot-in-the-arm after being named official charity partner of Durham’s Lumiere festival.

Waddington Street Centre will put the donation towards its 40th anniversary appeal to raise funds for a new minibus.

The independent Durham charity provides educational activities and support services for people affected by mental health issues.

Its financial windfall, edging it towards its £40,000 fundraising target, will come from half of the proceeds of this year’s Lumiere Gala Dinner, held at the Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham, tonight.

Waddington Street Centre is also contributing to Lumiere by producing lanterns to form part of one of the festival’s landmark light installations, the City of Lights, City of Stories installation, on College Green, behind the cathedral.

The centre is among a number of community groups across County Durham working with Lumiere organisers Artichoke and installation designers The Lantern Company to build an imaginary city of illuminated streets, houses and architectural wonders.

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