ROTARIANS have thanked kind-hearted shoppers for boosting local charities during a tombola.
Members of the Rotary Club of Easington and Peterlee held a tombola at the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee.
Generous shoppers helped to boost coffers by £499 and Rotarians have said thanks for their thoughtfulness.
Club vice-president Clive Booth, who organised the tombola, manned the stall along with other Rotarians over two days and took in scores of donations.
Tombola prizes, bought from Rotary funds, included Halloween masks, tins of chocolates and toiletries.
Club president David Biermann, said: “Considering a lot of people are out of work, we received a fantastic amount of money.
“But the people who have the least are always the most generous – I think it’s the same the world over.
“Nearly everybody stops to give something.
“The tombola prizes were brought out of our funds and all the profit goes to local charities.
“We do very well and it all goes to worthwhile causes.
“From all of the Rotarians, once again a very big thank you to the people of east Durham for giving so generously.”
The Rotarians, which meet at the Castle Eden Inn, in Stockton Road, Castle Eden Village, are now preparing for their Christmas fundraising events.
This includes Father Christmas travelling around east Durham on his sleigh and a Remembrance Tree at Castle Dene Shopping Centre.