A CASH windfall has helped a charity to boost its fundraising efforts.

The Butterwick Hospice received £250 from Durham County Council's small grants fund.

Councillor Sam Zair, who represents Bishop Auckland, helped the hospice secure the funding which is administered through Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP.

Hospice fundraiser Milly Toner said: "This grant has helped us to raise awareness with signs around town for our car boot sale, which takes place at Bishop Auckland College car park, on the last Sunday of every month from 10am to noon.

"It also helped pay for a PA System to help keep our attendees safe at events.

"Butterwick Hospice would like to say a huge thank you to Durham County Council for the grant, and also to Sam Zair for all of his help."

Cllr Zair said: "Every member has access to the grants and I was happy to help them secure one.

"The hospice has always been close to my heart. As a family, we have always supported Butterwick, they do absolutely fantastic work within the community for those most in need.

"It is always a pleasure to help its work when I can."