MORE than £3,000 was raised for a county hospice by the Hereford Metal Detecting Society.

The group held its first charity rally on Sunday, October 23 in aid of St Michael's Hospice.

Despite cold and foggy conditions, more than 175 people turned out to support the hospice and in excess of £3,500 was raised on the day.

The more interesting finds of the day included some hammered coins and seven Roman brooches – one of which was a rare variety previously unknown from the county – as well as an Emporer Trajan Silver Denarius coin and a fragment of an Iron Age axehead.

The society thanked the landowner and the event sponsors for helping to create a successful event.

Hereford Metal Detecting Society is a growing club and is always seeking detecting permissions in the county and further afield, to ensure its continuing success.

It also offers a free finders service for anyone looking to find lost objects.