Staff at the Oxfam Books and Music shop in Huntingdon have received a cheque for £2,507 after two paintings that were donated were sold at auction.

The 19th century oil paintings were given to the shop, in High Street, by a donor who said she was clearing out an old church building and wanted to get rid of some items.

The artworks were auctioned at Cheffins of Cambridge and sold for double the price that that had originally been estimated.

The first of the two works was painted by Italian artist Guiseppe Carelli and was given a guide price of between £400-£600.

The second of the works was painted by Sir Egerton Coghill, from Ireland and was estimated to raise £300-£600.

Geoffrey Stalker, shop manager said: “It’s great news and we are so grateful that we received it. Hopefully some of the money can go towards our Indonesia earthquake and tsunami appeal.”