A line dancing club based in Watford raised more than £3,000 for a children's hospice by hosting a series of events throughout 2009.

Wendy's Wildkatz, based at the Watford Irish Centre in Wiggenhall Road, decided to raise money for Keech Cottage Children's Hospice, which provides care for terminally ill children and their families in Hertfordshire.

During the past 12 months, the Wildkatz held raffles at each of their socials, which featured a live artist as well as holding a sponsored line dancing marathon in October.

The committee of the Watford Irish Centre, where the Wildkatz meet on Tuesdays, donated the use of the venue for the marathon and a passing group of ramblers who stopped for refreshments donated £30.

Dancers came and went during the ten-hour event, hosted by Wildkatz DJ Adrian Knight, husband of founder Wendy Knight.

And Alan and Fiona Hayward taught a couple of dances while Laurel Ingram taught a new dance she had choreographed for a competition.

A special event was laid on by Adrian and Wendy with Richard Palmer playing live for the Wildkatz dancers on the last dance night for the Wildkatz, which also doubled as a Christmas party when a cheque for £3,200 was given to Roger Willis, from Keech Cottage.

Wendy said: "I am overwhelmed at the level of support for this needy cause and want to thank the Wildkatz for being such a fantastic bunch. I always knew that they were second to none and I am very proud to be associated with them."