A GROUP of Stourbridge schoolgirls have swapped their uniforms for dancing shoes to raise money for the patients at the Mary Stevens Hospice.

Four friends from Old Swinford Hospital School – Alice Chance, Charlotte Barnett, Paige Nicholas and Katie Andrews – arranged a two-hour dance-a-thon with their schoolmates, raising £52 for the Stourbridge charity.

Paige, a year 13 student and event co-organiser, said: “It was great fun, we all dressed up and it was fab to have a boogie for such a good cause.”

The event was arranged after the group decided they would like to spend an afternoon supporting the Hagley Road hospice, which has cares for patients and families who are battling the impact of life-limiting illness since 1991.

Laura Millard, community engagement officer at Mary Stevens Hospice, said: “Events like this make us so proud of our community.

“These fantastic young women decided they'd like to do something to help local families in need, and raised enough money to feed all of our day patients here tomorrow.

“That's how big a difference they've made, and we're so grateful to them for their selflessness and initiative.”