The King’s Lynn-based Samphire Quilters have helped to raise nearly £1,000 for the King’s Lynn Osteoporosis Society after members donated a specially made quilt to the charity for its annual raffle.

The quilt will be the main prize at the event, which takes place on Monday at the North Lynn Community Centre at 8pm, and the winning ticket will be drawn by West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson.

Samphire Quilters made the donation after choosing King’s Lynn Osteoporosis Society as their charity of the year.

Quilters chairman Rosalyn Staveley said: “It’s a great charity that does a lot for people who are living with osteoporosis in this area.

“Some of their members are also members of our group so we get to hear about the good work that they do and that’s why we voted them as charity of the year.

“Each year we try to raise money for a local charity and we’ve been doing this for about ten years.”

King’s Lynn Osteoporosis group has been selling raffle tickets since June and is nearing its £1,000 target.

Barbara Blacklock, exercise co-ordinator of the group, said members were thrilled with the donation by Samphire Quilters.

“We feel very privileged to have been chosen as the charity of the year and the quilt was a kind donation,” she said.

“It has helped to bring more attention to our raffle and has also helped to raise awareness of our group.

“The money we have raised will benefit a lot of people. Half of it will be used by us and the other half will be donated to the national osteoporosis society to help with research.”

The osteoporosis group meet each Monday and Friday at the Methodist Church in King’s Lynn from 11am until 12pm.

It is open to anyone who is battling osteoporosis.

For more information call secretary Edith Finbow on 01553 773309.