A HOSPICE is celebrating this week after its family fireworks fundraising event went off with a spectacular bang.

Frosty temperatures did not put off the crowds with more than 3,500 people attending St Cuthbert Hospice’s Family Fireworks Night at Framwellgate School near Durham City on Saturday.

The Fireworks display remains the hospice’s highest attended fundraiser to date, raising a staggering £20,000 for the charity. It is hoped the event, now in its second year, will become firm fixture for the future.

Smooth Radio North East were on hand at the event to entertain the crowds, with Breakfast Show Host Steve Coleman helping to keep people moving with a great soundtrack for the evening. Funfair rides kept youngsters entertained and there was plenty of hot food and snacks on sale too.

Event organiser Jade McArdle said: “It was a fantastic night. It was lovely to see so many people dancing along to the music as the fireworks went off overhead.”

“We would like to thank everyone who supported the event, especially Framwellgate School for providing a fantastic venue, Impact Pyrotechnics for staging a night to remember, Smooth Radio for helping to get people dancing and our volunteers for helping behind the scenes.”

Lorraine Board, from Newton Hall, did not have to travel far to enjoy the show with her partner and three children.

“It was a brilliant night and the kids absolutely loved it” she said. “We came last year so we were pleased to hear the event would return. It’s nice to be able to support the Hospice at an event like this. It’s such a good cause.”

The event was kindly sponsored by Ramside Hall and supported by Councillors Amanda Hopgood, Mamie Simmons and Mark Wilkes.

The money raised will help St Cuthbert’s Hospice, located on Park House Road Durham, continue to provide outstanding care to people affected by life-limiting illnesses.

For more information about the hospice, visitwww.stcuthbertshospice.com or call 0191-386-1170.

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