A pair of yoga instructors have raised more than £2,600 in aid of a hospice charity.

Yoga teacher Anjna Vekaria has been giving a lesson once a week since the start of the year to raise money for St Luke's Hospice, which cares for and supports those who are terminally ill.

The St Luke's trustee has now collected more than £2,000 towards the hospice's new Woodgrange Centre, which will care for people at an earlier stage in their illness.

She said: "St Luke's offers all of its services free of charge and relies on the generosity of the community for over 75 per cent of its funding.

"My goal is to continue donating my teaching time and to collaborate with other yoga teachers that are willing to donate their time to help the hospice's Strengthen a Life campaign, which will help fund the services in the new Woodgrange Centre at St Luke's."

Fellow instructor Nina Keshani has also been teaching to raise money for the charity, collecting £610.

She said: "Having spoken to members of the community that have benefited from St Luke's support, I thought I would try and contribute to the continuation of their good work.

"At my age, I have had many family members and friends who have suffered or know people that have suffered from a long term illnesses.

"As we get older, we need the support of groups and organisations such as St Luke's help to ensure we are getting the care we need.

"If these groups were not active in the community, the elderly would find it very difficult to enjoy the final stages of their life."