MORE than £42,000 was raised for good causes at Cumbria’s annual Farmers’ Charity Auction.

The event, held at H&H Borderway in Carlisle, was attended by around a thousand people, many of whom bid for the donated lots.

One of the stand-out lots was the promise of a decorated eight-inch fruit cake, made by renowned Cumbrian baker Gillian Potts, which went under the hammer for £300.

Said to be in a state of shock at the final price, Gillian immediately offered to make another cake - a promise which sold straight away for £280.

The biggest money-spinner of the night was the offer of dinner for eight at the home of solicitor Tim Cartmell in Caldbeck, which raised £880.

Auction organising committee chairman Nick Utting said: “The support we have received for the event has been truly magnificent, with the final sum of £42,000 far beyond our initial expectations.”

All the money raised by the auction will be split equally between Hospice at Home, Headway – The Brain Injury Association, Life Education Centres, The Farming Community Network and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.