A FAMILY-owned County Durham funeral service has donated £250 to St Teresa’s Hospice in Darlington.

The Whitehouse Funeral Service, which has branches in Newton Aycliffe and Darlington, raised the money by placing a remembrance tree in its offices and encouraging staff and visitors to hang a message to a lost loved one in return for a donation.

It is the fifth year Whitehouse has run the initiative and over the last decade it has raised an incredible £22,151 for the hospice through this and a variety of other fundraising schemes.