A GROUP of Kingswinford fundraisers have raised £600 for Mary Stevens Hospice.

The Kingswinford Friendship Group raised the money when they staged a garden party at chairman Valerie Thacker's home.

Officially formed last year - the group comprises a band of kind-hearted Kingswinford pals who meet at The Cottage pub in Kingswinford on the third Monday of every month for a get together, talks and fundraising events.

Joan Powell, group spokesman, said: "We do our bit - that's what it's all about."

The group's charity garden party, on August 1, was attended by around 60 people and included a raffle, auction, bring and buy sale and a dinner. Kingswinford gift shop The Potting Shed also had a stall at the event.

Funds raised at the garden party will be handed over to the hospice at a presentation event on Monday September 18.