Butterwick Hospice charity dinner at Rockliffe Hall

PUBLISHED: 08:33 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:16 20 February 2013

Sue McCabe

Sue McCabe

It was a gem of a night for Stockton solicitor Leanne Nash, who came away from a charity dinner at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington with a diamond worth £1,500.

It was a gem of a night for Stockton solicitor Leanne Nash, who came away from a charity dinner at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington with a diamond worth 1,500.

The jewel had been donated to Butterwick Hospice Care by Yarm jewellers, Freeman, as top prize at the black tie dinner at the hotel, which raised 10,000 for the work of the Stockton-based hospice.

Leanne, of Ingleby Barwick, who has worked for Archers Law for six years, said: I was delighted to win such a fantastic prize. Im not sure what I will do with it - possibly keep it as an investment.

The diamond was presented to Leanne by Jill Freeman of Freeman Jewellers and Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, Chief Executive of the Butterwick.

More than 140 people attended the dinner, which was compered by Alan Wright and featured entertainment from after-dinner speaker and former Middlesbrough footballer, Craig Hignett, and popular impressionist, Kevin Connelly.

Mr Leggatt-Chidgey said: It was a wonderful occasion and were very grateful for the support of our partners and friends, which has helped us raise such a fantastic amount.

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