Published Tuesday 3rd January 2017

A group of angels achieved its dream of raising £80,000 for a Herefordshire Hospice in just one year.

The incredible achievement has seen St Michael’s Hospice motorcycle fundraising group the Hospice Angels collect the cash throughout 2016 to mark group founder Mike Pullin’s 80th birthday.

Throughout this year, fundraisers including a Country & Western night in Ewyas Harold and an auction at the Hospice to celebrate Mike’s milestone birthday in September, have helped the hard-working group achieve its goal.

The £80K was reached during a Christmas Eve street collection in Hereford’s High Town, attended by many of the group’s members.

‘I’m delighted that the £80,000 has been raised,’ said Mike.

‘We knew it would be a challenging target so I’m so pleased that we’ve crossed the finish line, particularly at Christmas time.

‘Thanks you so much to everyone who has helped out throughout the year, and to those who have given so generously.’

Raising money for Bartestree-based St Michael’s is nothing new to Mike, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2012 for outstanding dedication to raising funds for the Hospice.

The Hospice Angels were formed in 2003 by Mike and have currently more than 100 members on the books.

During that time, the group has raised £400,000 for St Michael’s.

‘This is a staggering amount of money to have raised by a wonderful band of volunteers in just one year,’ said the Hospice’s Chief Executive, Mike Pullin.

‘Thank you to everyone who has helped collect this total, and of course those who have given so generously to their Hospice.’