Handover to charities

(front left to right) Andrew Cowan (moving on), Alison Goggins (free the way) and Captain Graeme Hall (army benelovement charity) are delighted to have been presented with cheques by (left to right) Gillian Swellie (durham shopping extravaganza chairman) Simon Robinson (BHP Law), Luke Pearce (brewin dolphin) and Caroline Broodfoot (durham shopping extravaganza chairman)
(front left to right) Andrew Cowan (moving on), Alison Goggins (free the way) and Captain Graeme Hall (army benelovement charity) are delighted to have been presented with cheques by (left to right) Gillian Swellie (durham shopping extravaganza chairman) Simon Robinson (BHP Law), Luke Pearce (brewin dolphin) and Caroline Broodfoot (durham shopping extravaganza chairman)

AN annual charity event which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year raised a fantastic £20,000 to be split between good causes.

Dozens of people turned out with their eye on a bargain at the Durham Shopping Extravaganza, which was held at the Wynyard Rooms earlier this year.

And the organisers have now revealed the popular event raised an impressive £20,000.

Around £5,500 has now been donated to The Soldiers’ Charity, Free the Way, in Seaham which helps anyone who is affected by the misuse of drugs or alcohol and Moving On, a County Durham-based charity which supports the homeless.

The remaining £3,500 will be split between other charities, to be decided by the Durham Shopping Extravaganza committee at its next meeting, which will be held next month.

Margaret Howell, 59, a committee member who lives in Sheraton, said: “We are delighted to have raised as much as we have done this year and to be able to donate it to such fantastic charities.

“We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who came along and supported this year’s event and helped to make it such a success.”

More than 70 stalls offered a wide range of stylish products from all over the country at this year’s extravaganza, including gourmet foods, jewellery, toys and various other gifts.

Over the last 25 years, the Durham Shopping Extravaganza has now raised more than £360,000 for a number of local and regional charities.

People can already put next year’s event in their diary.

It will again be held at the Wynyard Rooms on October 8 and 9 next year.