Cheers for club’s fundraising

CLUB officials and patrons have been praised by charity bosses for their fundraising efforts.

Horden Conservative Club, in Blackhills Road, won an award for being the social club that contributed the largest amount of money to Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Support over the past year.

The club donated £1,800 to the cause, snatching the crown from Dene Mouth Caravan Club, in Crimdon, which has won the award over the previous four years.

The award was set up around five years ago in memory of PC Ken Rowland, who was a dog-handler with Peterlee Police and used to sell tie-pins for the charity.

Since then, the competition has been opened up to all the pubs and social clubs in east Durham to raise the most money for the cause.

The Conservatives Club has boosted this year’s coffers after hosting a charity night last month and raising £1,140.

Peterlee town councillor, Harry Bennett, a founder member of the local Macmillan committee, said: “I would like to thank both club members and the community for helping to raise this money.

“Considering the financial situation at the moment, where a lot of clubs are struggling, it’s great that the clubs keep doing this.”

Easington and District Workingmen’s Club, in Seaside Lane, Easington Colliery raised £1,600.45 for Macmillan during a charity event last month in which local band Central Park provided the entertainment.