Organisers of a film festival have donated £1,000 to Darlington’s Dogs Trust.

Michael Luke, director of Tees Valley International Film Festival, said the event wishes to do some good beyond the creative industry, and decided on the Dogs Trust to recognise the charity’s tireless work in looking after and rehoming animals.

He said 50 per cent of the money raised by the festival has been donated to the charity, while the other half went to the ARC venue.

Mr Luke said: “That was really important, that all of the money stayed within the region, and that all of the money benefited the people, and the region, and the animals, that we’re trying to help. 

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“We really admire the work the Dogs Trust do and the donation wasn’t just in recognition of the tireless work that they do for those lovely animals, but also of the joy that dogs bring to individuals and families across the region, across the world.

“The entire ethos of the festival is about giving back to the region, creating a ‘creative revolution’ within the Tees Valley, and as an extension of that, the fact that we will be able to donate money to charities and institutions outside of the creative industry is an even bigger bonus.”

He visited the Dogs Trust branch in Sadberge to present the cheque to Bethany Scrafton.