A generous philanthropist has donated thousands of pounds from his own pocket to two charities in north Nortmberland.
Self-made millionaire Brian Burnie, former owner of Doxford Hall, who now runs Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care, has given away £5,000 to honour a promise he made nearly two years ago.
At the 2011 Alnwick Christmas lights switch-on, he agreed to donate £1,000 to charity for every minute that the Duke of Northumberland spoke at the following year’s switch-on.
Unfortunately the Duke didn’t make a speech last year, but Mr Burnie decided to honour his half of the bargain anyway.
And now HospiceCare North Northumberland has been given £3,000 and and the Alnwick Christmas Lights £2,000.
Mr Burnie said: “They are two very worthwhile causes. The hospice started to come to Doxford Hall when I lived there and the Christmas lights lads and lasses just do a fantastic job.”
Ann August, volunteer fund-raiser for the hospice, said: “This money is very gratefully received. We are always fund-raising for different things and it will make a difference.”
Gordon Castle, chairman of the lights committee, added: “Brian Burnie has given us such generous support over the years and this sum will be a brilliant help towards our £13,000-a-year running costs, securing this year’s lights.”