THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised by golfers in Bishop Auckland in its 11th annual charity golf day.

The club raised £5,400 for two local charities, The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, which is based in Spennymoor, and the Chyrelle Addams Cancer Support Trust, which was set up by cancer survivor Patricia Greensmith under her stage name Chyrelle Addams to support and say thank you to the NHS.

The charity now raises money for cancer equipment throughout the North-East.

Golf event organiser Peter Cook said: “One of these charities is a family trust and the other is a charity in Crook.

“They are both always looking for funds and are two excellent charities. I feel that we should raise money for the organisations because they are local and support people in our community.”

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors for supporting us today.”

Twenty-five teams of golfers tackled the 18-hole course.

This year's championship title was secured by a team from Murray and Lamb Chartered Accountants, in Consett.

Among the teams taking part was a group led by an Asda optician. The team has been competing in the event for the last four years.

Team member David Pape said: “We chose to take part as a team because it is an unbelievable cause and is always a great day for golfers. All four of us always really look forward to the tournament and really enjoy it.

"It’s a fabulous course and it’s really important to support the local charities like The Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer and The Chyrelle Addams Cancer Support Trust.”