A troupe of line dancers stepped up to the plate to raise more than £1,000 for a hospice.

Over the past 18 months dancers who attended classes run by Alex MacDonald at Saltney Tavern have raised £1,500 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

Every year the hospice at Backford near Chester looks after more than 1,500 people from the city, Deeside and Cheshire.

During Alex’s Monday night classes a raffle was held to help swell the charity’s coffers and a cheque has been handed over to nurses.

Between 20-25 people regularly attended the sessions covering an age range of 25-72-years-old.

Sadly Alex, 60, an electrical engineer who lives at Shotton, had to stop taking the classes eight weeks ago due to an on-going knee injury.

He had run line dancing sessions with dance partner Vicky Britlin who will continue to teach the popular pastime. 

Alex said: “I’ve been teaching line dancing for the past 14 years and I was devastated when the doctors said I had to give up. It’s just to strenuous.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has come to the classes and took part in the weekly raffle.

“We’ve raised a great amount of money for the nurses who do a brilliant job at the hospice.

“The dancers should be very proud of themselves - they are all stars.

“We had a good laugh holding the raffles with donated gifts or items we found in charity shops.

“One of the most popular prizes was a dozen free range fresh eggs laid by one of my chickens.

“I will really miss taking the classes.”