CHURCH Minshull's Aqueduct Marina has raised more cash for St Luke's Hospice.

In 2013 the marina raised £1,500 for charity and 2014 has started well with a donation of £441.05 to St Luke’s Hospice.

Robert Parton, marina director said: "The money was primarily a donation from the marina. "We didn’t post out Christmas cards this year but instead gave the money we would have spent on cards, postage and so on to St Luke’s.

"Some members of the marina community also made donations that added to the total.”

The cheque was presented to Claire Dale representing St Luke’s Hospice by Robert Parton of Aqueduct Marina on January 29.

Claire said: “We are so grateful to everyone who raises money for St Luke’s. It costs £1,000s a day to run the hospice and it benefits so many local people making all our fundraising efforts really worthwhile.”

Robert added: “I am very proud of the huge efforts made by our moorers and friends to raise cash for charity each year and it is tremendous to be able to add to this with our Christmas card donation.

"This year the marina has more events planned and as always we hope to exceed our totals for previous years. We hope you will come along and support us.”

The marina was opened in February 2009 and will celebrate its fifth anniversary in a few weeks’ time.