There was much clowning around when a well-known character dropped in to two Hartlepool restaurants yesterday.
Ronald McDonald entertained youngsters at the fast food chain branches on Hartlepool marina and Burn Road.
It was all in a good cause as the restaurants laid on family-friendly activities which raised over £200 for two charities.
At the Burn Road branch, Ronald performed amazing magic tricks and made children laugh as they tucked into their lunches.
They also got their faces painted and parents bought cakes baked by staff.
Abby Westmoreland, second assistant manager, said the event was a big success.
She said: “It was fantastic, the children had a really good time.
“Ronald visits around twice a year and the turnout of people was up this year because we advertised it a lot more with posters.”
The branch raised £100 in just a couple of hours which will be donated to Springwell School for disabled children in Witshire Way, Hartlepool.
Lots of fun was also had at McDonald’s down on the marina where staff put on fancy dress as pirates, robbers, Spider-man and cowgirls.
They also had a raffle, cake sale and face-painting which rased around £150 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities fund.
The charity supports families by providing free home away from home accommodation to families all over the country while their child is staying in hospital.
The houses are located close to one of 14 specialist children’s hospitals across the UK and help to ease the financial and emotional pressure on parents.