Council workers have given a north east charity a major boost by donating hundreds of items of unwanted clothing.

Staff from Durham County Council collected 75 bags of unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts and other items for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The authority’s Chairman, Cllr Bill Kellett, called on staff to take part in the collection after choosing GNAAS as his charity for his year in office.

Cllr Kellett said: “I’d like to thank all of the members of staff who took the time and effort to bring in their donations.

“I am absolutely delighted with their efforts, which I know will be greatly appreciated by the Great North Air Ambulance Service.”

GNAAS sells the donations on and uses the money raised to fund its work.

Grahame Pickering, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “Thanks to everyone at Durham County Council for getting behind the charity. We are hugely grateful for the efforts staff made to make this a success. We couldn’t continue to fly without such help from the communities we serve.”