Patrons at a Chester pub that is threatened with closure have raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Drinkers at the Centurion in Vicars Cross, which could become a care home if developers get their way, presented cheques to a number of local charities.

The Centurion Good Causes Fund, money raised by the patrons over the year, presented £250 each to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, the Vicars Cross United Reformed Church Wednesday Club, the Cestrian Scout Group, Vicars Cross Dynamos football team and the Vicars Cross Pre-school.

A function including a disco, a Christmas raffle and light refreshments, was organised by the Centurion Community Action Group who are fighting to keep the pub open.

Helpers Tony Morris, Celia Powell, Gill Lloyd and Gaynor Morris with the Tesco staff

Members of the same Good Causes Fund hosted a senior citizens Christmas party, sponsored by Wrexham Tesco, for more than 40 people.

Guests were entertained with bingo, a raffle and carol singing.

The first set of plans to build a care home was refused by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) but developers LNT Group have resubmitted plans saying the pub is ‘economically unviable.