Anne Elliott, Partner at the Darlington-based firm of solicitors, commented: "We are delighted to have raised vital funds for important charities including the Soldiers Charity, which provides lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families in times of financial need. St Teresas Hospice provides hospice care, day therapy as well as family support and bereavement services to families in South Durham and North Yorkshire.
"Grace House Childrens Hospice will be the North Easts first standalone childrens hospice and the money raised will help to fund the building and equipping of the new hospice.
She added: "The way we are distributing the funds this year is slightly different. We are donating to a total of 10 charities (normally only two or three), as webelieve that the smaller local charities will benefit hugely from the donations, especially bearing in mind the economic climate. I would also like to thank HSBC who very generously agreed to match £1 for £1 up to £1000 for monies raised.
Brian de la Haye OBE, Regional Director for ABF The Soldiers' Charity said: "The support that we have received from Latimer Hinks this year has been terrific. We have an enormous challenge both now and in the future providing for the needs of soldiers, veterans and their families, and in support for the Recovery Centre at Catterick.
"This donation is enormously valuable to us in meeting needs which have been increasing by 30% each year for the last three years."