A SERIES of fundraiser events over the course of last year helped raise £2,719 for St Margaret's Hospice.

The money was donated to the Bishop's Hull-based charity by Rumwell Farm Shop and Cafe.

Anne Mitchell, joint owner of business said: "St Margaret’s was one of our chosen charities of the year for 2017 and we’re thrilled that we have managed to donate £2,719 to its cause.

"The money was raised in a number of ways from collection tins and two charity quiz and supper evenings to us donating 10p from each sale of our anniversary strawberry jam and also 10p from every pack of pear drops. We also teamed up with the 1st Wellington Scout Group and hosted a car wash in aid of the hospice."

Calista Renault, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: "Without the generous support of local businesses like Rumwell Farm Shop and the community, thousands of people facing the challenge of a life-limiting illness would struggle to receive the care and support they need."

St Margaret's has received another boost from double glazing firm West Country Windows, which has chosen to partner with it by donating £11,000 to help fund a variety of initiatives throughout the year.

Directors Tim Earle said: "All of us, at some point in our lives, will know someone with a life-limiting illness, whether they be friends or loved ones, all will need care and support.

"The skill, dedication and compassion of St Margaret’s staff is a shining example of this. Every year the charity has to raise around £9.5 million to make sure the people of Somerset continue to benefit from the marvellous service it offers."