A RECYCLING company has pledged its support to a hospice by giving £600.

Foreman Recycling, in Spennymoor, has been working in partnership with the Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland for more than three years.

The company is at the forefront of a scheme that raises thousands of pounds for the charity every year, but John Foreman, who owns the recycling firm, said he liked to donate money from the company profits every year.

He said: "We are very, very proud to be associated with the Butterwick Hospice.

"The people there are very nice people and they have been very kind to us.

"The Butterwick Hospice is a very emotive subject and it is used by a lot of people, and that is what makes it a worthwhile charity.''

Volunteer Bernard Harrison and fundraising manager for the hospice, Paul Jackson, accepted a cheque on behalf of the charity when they visited Foreman Recycling.

Mr Jackson said: "We are delighted with our partnership relationship with Foreman Recycling. It is building a relationship within the community and it is an association which helps us raise much needed funds to ensure that the hospice provides the service which is needed."