KIND-HEARTED staff members at a Worcestershire firm have raised an incredible £269,000 for the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS).

McCarthy and Stone raised the huge figure - more than double their initial £130,000 target - as part of the celebrations for the retirement housebuilder's 40th anniversary.

Staff across the country, including from its Bromsgrove office, took part in various events and activities, including a Dragon Boat Race at Worcester Rowing Club which raised more than £23,700.

Martin Edwards, regional managing director for McCarthy and Stone West Midlands, said: “The charity makes a real difference to the lives of older people, helping them to stay active and independent for longer, and its fantastic work is therefore very closely aligned to our own aims and company ethos.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who got behind our fundraising efforts, and the support shown by the team who helped us to more-than-double our fundraising target."

McCarthy and Stone also received a huge amount of support from homeowners and the community across the county, with people dropping-in to its developments to take part in activities including vintage inspired tea parties, craft workshops, and choir performances. Suppliers and contractors also backed the regional team’s fundraising efforts, with donations and their participation in events and activities.

Catherine Johnstone, chief executive officer for RVS, added: “This is a phenomenal fundraising achievement.

"The funds raised will make a real difference to thousands of lives, helping to support the services we deliver in hospital, at home and in the community."

A cheque was recently handed over to the charity’s ambassador, much loved dancer and choreographer, Wayne Sleep OBE. RVS is a volunteer organisation that enrich the lives of older people and their families.