A HEART fund charity has received a generous donation to support its ongoing work with an NHS Trust.

Dr Adrian Davies, chairman of the South Cleveland Heart Fund (SCHF), was the distinguished guest at the December meeting of the Huntcliff Freemasons lodge at Saltburn.

The SCHF charity, which was founded by Dr Davies, provides support to the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the James Cook University Hospital regional cardiothoracic centre.

So far the SCHF has raised over £3m to support all aspects of the Unit and helps heart patients at James Cook Hospital.

The money raised by the fund also helps support James Cook in equipment, advanced training and research.

Now retired, Dr Davies came to the James Cook Hospital and was principal at the cardiothoracic unit, and built it into what is acknowledged as one of the leading centres of excellence.

The £1,000 donation was made by David Eason, a past master of Huntcliff Lodge, represents his efforts over the last two years to raise funds from the various events he has organised for his chosen charity.

Dr Davies received the cheque and responded by giving a talk to round off the memorable evening at Saltburn.