ALL SMILES: TODYS picked up £2,000. From left, Gordon Thompson, Matthew Croom, Claire Tobbell, Laura Patterson, Neil Baker and Karen Jackson
ALL SMILES: TODYS picked up £2,000. From left, Gordon Thompson, Matthew Croom, Claire Tobbell, Laura Patterson, Neil Baker and Karen Jackson

CHEQUES totalling £6,300 were handed out to a variety of sporting clubs and good causes as part of an annual pay out by a Barnard Castle charity which was founded more than 40 years ago.

There wasn’t a seat to be had at the Black Horse pub, in Barnard Castle, on Saturday, when the Clique, founded in 1975, handed over 14 cheques.

The Clique, which is made up of about 20 members, has raised more than £148,000 since it was established. The group organises a variety of events including a sponsored bed push, It’s A Knockout fun day, walks and donation boxes.

All the money raised by the Clique is given out to local good causes.

Chairman, Matthew Croom thanked everyone for attending and said: “It is thanks to the generosity of the people of Barnard Castle who have supported and helped us raise this cash that we are here tonight.”

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Teesdale Opportunities for Disabled Youngsters (TODYS) received a cheque for £2,000 which will go towards paying for their members to visit a pantomime.

Teesdale branch of Cancer Research and Guide Dogs for the Blind both received £500.

Barnard Castle Junior Football Club, Barnard Castle Cricket Club, Bowes Football Club, Barnard Castle Golf Club, Barnard Castle Bowling Club, Barnard Castle Boxing Club, Barnard Castle Band, Tiger Sharks, Barnard Castle Table Tennis Club, Friends of Barnard Castle Gym Club and Middleton and Teesdale Silver Band all receive cheques for £300.

All the cheques were presented by Claire Tobbell, whose husband, Andrew, who had been a Clique member for 20 years and who died earlier in the year.

In addition to the £6,300 handed out at the weekend the Clique had distributed £2,825 earlier in the year, bringing the total handed out to £9,125.