A leading North East property firm has raised over £12,000 for two local charities at its annual Festive Fundraiser.

Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents held the event to mark its 30th anniversary while also raising important funds for Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care and Marie Curie’s Newcastle hospice.

Bradley Hall group managing director, Neil Hart, said: “Both Daft As A Brush and Marie Curie are two very important charities which support local people. Each of these organisations’ services are in high demand and need funds to keep going.

“This year, we decided to choose a charity which supports thousands of people who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy every year. Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care offers free, staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients to and from home to cancer treatments.

“The charity makes thousands of journeys annually, offering people not only free transport, but also emotional support from the volunteers who travel with patients.

“We also decided to choose to support Marie Curie as it provides important care for those with terminal illness and their families.”

The firm welcomed almost 300 guests to the Crowne Plaza Newcastle- Stephenson Quarter, raising funds through a raffle and auction with prizes donated from a range of local businesses including Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa, The Barbour Foundation and The Alnwick Garden. Guests were also entertained by North East comedian Steffen Peddie and magician Paul Lytton.

Neil continued: “We would also like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to this total; we couldn’t have done it without the support of our guests and the businesses which donated the fantastic prizes for us to raffle and auction.”

Daft As A Brush was set up by local entrepreneur Brian Burnie in the late 1980’s. The project was funded by the companies he owned, and in 2010 the proceeds of the sale of Doxford Hall were given to the charity when it was renamed Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.

To date the charity has a fleet of 22 ambulances, 18 of which have been adopted by primary schools from across the region and 2 by the Great North Children’s Hospital. Over 250 people volunteer as ambulance drivers and companions; staffing the information desk at the Freeman Hospital, the shop in Eldon Garden and at Daft as a Brush House.