A Tynedale couple has raised over £3000 in their third annual charity night event.

Kind-hearted couple Wendy and Gary Sanderson's race night at Duke of Wellington Inn in Stocksfield has raised an astonishing amount of £3000 raised for Hospice at Home.

This is the third year couple have hosted the event in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home which is organised by a couple of their regulars and not the charity.

 Last year the event raised over £2.6K and the year before similar (£2.4K) which means their fundraising total over three years is over £8,000.

 Wendy and Gary, select different charities to support so tend to rotate every few years and the event always pack out the pub.

This year, the pair sourced some amazing raffle prizes from local businesses including a VIP night at Newcastle Falcons Rugby club (members of the club were also in attendance at the event).

Wendy said: "We buy pre-recorded horse races, where we play on the TV and guests can pay to be owners of the horses. 

"Those taking part can also place tote bets on as many horses as they like and after each race the winner is announced. We had eight in total!

"You should see and hear the atmoshere of the night - it's like the real thing.

"Everyone gets so excited like it is a real race - we even had an ex-bookie, so people can place their bets on the horses.

"This year we also had a greyhound race to watch and place bets on as well.

"We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who got involved in helping us raise this amazing amount."

 Cathy Bates of Tynedale Hospice at Home said: “We’re so grateful to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Race Night at the Duke of Wellington Inn, Newton.  

"Over the last three years for Wendy and Gary have raised more each year bringing the total to over £8.5K which goes directly to helping local families with hospice care at home, bereavement support, complementary therapy and much needed patient transport.”