AN ART auction that took place over the weekend has raised over £4,500 for those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

The auction, organised by artist Carole McCourt and Linda Garrard, took place at the High Forest Community Centre in Sinderhope on Saturday (April 2).

Over 90 pieces of artwork were donated, including from sculptor Joseph Hillier and fashion photographer Chris Moore. There were also refreshments and a raffle.

So far, £4,616 has been raised.

"It's just amazing," said Carole. "I can't believe it.

"We can't thank the community and artists enough."

They are hoping to raise a total of £5,000.

£4,000 will be sent to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, while the remaining amount raised will be donated to support a group from Allendale who have made trips to Poland to deliver supplies.

Anybody who would like to donate can email Carole at