REGULARS at a town pub have handed over £550 to the transplant unit at one of the region's hospitals.

Keith Macfarlane helped organised the fundraising at the Joseph Pease pub, Darlington, with the support of landlord Lewis Metcalfe, Sarah Reilly and other regulars at the Tubwell Row venue, last year.

They are now ready to hand over the cheque for £550 to the transplant unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

About 40 people have been involved in the fundraising.

Mr Macfarlane said: "It's been the whole community that's helped. There has been great community spirit.

"One of our friends has a transplant a few years ago so this was a thank you for that.

"It's our little way of saying thank you and giving something back."

He added: "We didn't realise how much we had raised."

It is not the first time the drinkers have raised money for good causes.

In the last five years more than £5,000 has been raised for other local charities, including St Teresa's Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and the special care baby unit at the University Hospital of North Durham, through a combination of special events and parties, sponsored walks, domino and bonus ball cards and raffles.

Mr Macfarlane added: "They're all charities we have connections to."