THOUSANDS of pounds have have been handed over to charities thanks to the hard work and efforts of individuals and organisations.
Cllr Derek Osborne has raised £4,400 during his year as chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council.
He shared this between Motor Neurone Disease Research and St Nicholas Hospice Care.
He said: “My year was great fun and I enjoyed every moment and raised a fantastic sum of money.”
Some 20 retailers in Bury St Edmunds showcased their new collections at the Fashion Fusion event staged at The Apex.
Students from West Sufolk College provided hair styles and makeup for the catwalk models and the evening raised £5,505.04 for the hospice. This year’s event was also followed by an after-show party.
Thomas Ridley, at Rougham, donated £5,000 to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, which will help to train up a puppy.
This is the company’s chosen charity and each year Ridley’s donates money in lieu of sending Christmas cards.
Justin Ridley, managing director, said: “ We’re a family of dog lovers. My grandmother was deaf and the family pet became a sort of hearing dog. My mother found this charity and we’ve been supporting it for the last four or five years.”