The Peace Hospice in Watford was presented with a cheque for just under £50,000 yesterday, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local housing association.

Watford Community Housing Association handed over the £46,276.45 yesterday morning, at a special ceremony at the charity’s headquarters in Peace Drive.

Most of the money came from the sponsored abseil the trust held on its birthday in September, where 100 people abseiled down Munden View - a 17-storey tower block in Garsmouth Way.

Those taking part included MP for Watford Richard Harrington, mayor Dorothy Thornhill, managing director of Warner Brothers Studios Dan Dark, and Watford Football Club’s Harry the Hornet.

The cheque was presented by the Sue Pelton who coordinated all the trust’s fundraising activity.

Tina Barnard, chief executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: "Huge thanks go to Sue and everyone else who donated or raised sponsorship for this very important cause.

"£46,000 is an amazing total and I couldn’t be more proud."

The Peace Hospice cares for people living with a life limiting illness and supports their families from across South West Hertfordshire, and needs to raise £3.8 million a year to run.

Rachel Fowler, Peace Hospice corporate development manager, said: "I took part in the abseil myself and it was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life, but I am delighted that it has accomplished so much for the Peace Hospice.

"It was a fantastic day and there was a real feeling of community and excitement."