CRAFTERS throughout the region are being urged to think pink and help raise money for Breast Cancer Research.

People are being urged to help make all kinds of pink items to be auctioned for the charity at a series of events in High Etherley, near Bishop Auckland.

Craft company Graphicus will run free demonstrations and workshops focusing on card making and papercrafts today, and a demonstration of work tomorrow.

Glenda Waterworth, managing director of Graphicus, said: "The Think Pink auction is open to all crafters, regardless of age or skill level and covers any kind of craft - knitting, stitching, pottery, jewellery, card-making, glass painting - anything goes, as long as it has a pink theme.

"If you would love to get involved, but aren't sure where to start then I suggest you come along to one of our open days."

Graphicus has also set up a pink box at their offices to accept hand-crafted donations between now and September, and ten per cent on all pink items bought from them at the sessions will go to Cancer Research.

Each session lasts one hour and there will be four throughout the day at 10.30am, noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. They will take place at Graphicus in High Etherley and to book a place, call (01388) 834934.