MEMBERS of a charitable organisation have been overwhelmed by generosity after residents boosted their coffers by more than £3,000.
The Easington and Peterlee Rotary Club raised a total of 3,192 following their festive fundraising effort.
Rotarians have released details of their charity collections over the Christmas period.
Members are delighted that the rotarians' remembrance tree at Peterlee's Castle Dene Shopping Centre raised 1,242 after shoppers each paid 1 to place a bauble on the tree in memory of a loved one.
Tours by Father Christmas, arranged by the rotary club, around Peterlee, Horden, Blackhall, Easington Village and Easington Colliery also saw coffers boosted by 1,950.
Rotarian Martin Sanderson, last year's branch president, said: "We've been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Peterlee and east Durham.
"People were absolutely brilliant this year again.
"It was pretty bad getting around the streets with Santa during the snow but people still came out and gave generously.
"The remembrance tree was also a huge success.
"People took the opportunity to support worthy causes while remembering loved ones who had died during the year and in previous years.
"Our thanks go to all the local residents who dug deep and thought of others.
"These have been a great boost to the Rotary Charity Fund."
The club's next charity drive is a re-launch of its raffle ticket draw scheme, which sees people applying for tickets from the organisation.
The Rotary provides all the raffle prizes, which are worth a total of 1,000, and for every pound's worth of tickets people or groups sell, the rotary club gives 75p back.
Mr Sanderson said: "We give them to the Alzheimer's cause, Mencap, St Bede's Catholic Secondary School, in Peterlee, or anybody who needs them."
The draw will be launched next month and anyone wanting to find out more can call Mr Sanderson on (0191) 5862397.