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DOZENS of dashing gents helped to make a Hospice charity dinner the most successful to date.

More than £20,000 was raised for St Cuthbert’s Hospice at its annual Gentlemen’s Dinner, sponsored by Pulman, at Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham City, on Friday, May 13.Gentlemen's Dinner 2016

The 141 guests enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, casino tables provided by Grosvenor Casinos and a performance by comedian John Stiles, son of football legend Nobby.

The Durham City Hospice also staged a raffle and auction, featuring a host of lucrative lots donated by local businesses and individuals.

One of the most sought after prizes was a Formula 1 goodie bag donated by the Williams Martini Racing Team, which raised £1,500.

This included four Premium Singapore Race Day Hospitality tickets, as well as a poster and headrest louvre from the FW37 in Malaysia 2015 signed by Valtteri Bottas.

Two original paintings and a print by Consett landscape artist Michael James also proved popular, raising £900 for the Hospice.

Sheela Joy, Senior Community and Events Fundraiser at St Cuthbert’s, said: “It was a fantastic night and wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves. We are thrilled to have raised such a large amount of money for the Hospice.

“I would like to thank everyone who supported and attend the event, especially Hospice Trustee Kevin Whitfield who was instrumental in making the Gentlemen’s Dinner the most successful yet.”


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