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Charity night in Clayton-le-Moors raises thousands

Around 300 people attended the Pure Gold event organised by the Burnley charity, including Hyndburn MP Graham Jones who donated several raffle prizes.

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A charity raised more than £20,000 at a fundraising night in Clayton-le-Moors.

Furniture for Education Worldwide held the event at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and will use the money to send furniture and equipment to poor schools across the world.

Around 300 people attended the Pure Gold event organised by the Burnley charity, including Hyndburn MP Graham Jones who donated several raffle prizes.

Terry Burns MBE, founder and chairman of the charity, said he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity of visitors and sponsors who gave prizes for the auction and raffle.

He said: “Everyone said it was a fantastic night.

“Thousands of some of the most deprived children in the world will benefit from the pure gold event.

“Together we are able to put libraries in schools that did not have a book, computer suites that did not have a computer.

“All the equipment we send abroad is first offered to local community groups and associations' that need help.

“But I have to say our children don’t know they are born as some of the children we send furniture to have to walk six miles to and from the school and are happy to do so.”

The charity has so far sent 54 containers of items to six different countries to help some of the most desperate people in the world.