CHURCH members have raised £1,000 in aid of homeless people in Chile by collecting money in Smartie tubes.

About 400 chocolate-filled Smartie packets were given to members of All Saint's Church, Blackwell, Darlington, and the church's youth and Scout clubs.

The tubes have been returned filled with pennies and pounds, raising money for the Anglican Mission Organisation USPG's project in Chile.

Vicar the Reverend John Dobson said he was delighted with the amount raised and thanked people for their generosity