Dinner raises £10,000 for Durham's St Cuthbert's hospice

PUBLISHED: 00:26 25 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 20 February 2013

Norman Featherstone, Jeff Thompson, Paul Thompson

Norman Featherstone, Jeff Thompson, Paul Thompson

Around 180 local businessmen attended St Cuthbert's Hospice's first-ever Gentlemen's Dinner, which featured live comedy from Brendan Healy.

Around 180 local businessmen attended St Cuthberts Hospices first-ever Gentlemens Dinner, which featured live comedy from Brendan Healy.

The popular North East comedian performed at the dinner at Ramside Hall Hotel near Durham.

The black-tie event included a three course dinner, raffle and auction. Guest speaker and Master of Ceremonies, Willie Miller, was on hand to entertain and look after proceedings.

Auction prizes included signed England football shirts from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, a full hospitality package for the forthcoming Newcastle vs. Liverpool match, and a bespoke shirt from Mullen and Mullen York Tailors.

We decided to hold the Gentlemens Dinner as we wanted to put on something special for our male supporters, following the success of our annual ladies Midnight Walk, said Kevin Whitfield, a trustee at St Cuthberts Hospice.

The gentlemen did not let us down - they raised 10,000 for St Cuthberts Hospice, which is incredible for an event in its first ever year.

The Gentlemens Dinner raised funds to support the work of St Cuthberts Hospice, which provides free care and support to local people with life-limiting illnesses.

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