Butterwick Hospice has received £10,500 from the Northern Echo's parent company's charitable section.
The Gannett Foundation donated the money to the Butterwick Hospice in Bishop Auckland, to enhance its garden area.
The money will enable us to buy seats, create walkways, landscape and plant the area and build a pathway between the garden and the Outpatient Support Unit.
The very welcome cheque was handed over by Northern Echo Editor and Ambassador of Butterwick Hospice, Peter Barron during a celebration at the Hospice in Bishop Auckland yesterday.
Mr Barron said: "These are difficult economic times and charities are feeling the pinch like everyone else. It was, therefore, a great pleasure to be able to play Santa and hand over the cheque for £10,500 to such a worthy cause."
Paula Wood, Registered Manager for Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland said: "This will make a real difference to people accessing the Hospice and the surroundings in which they receive care."
Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, Chief Executive of Butterwick added: "We are very grateful to the Gannett Foundation."