BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hosted a carol concert for Claire House Children's Hospice that has raised more than £24,500.

The Chester-based TV presenter and journalist joined Claire House families, supporters and volunteers for the intimate evening of festive readings and carols performed by candlelight at Christ Church in Port Sunlight.

As well as performances from the Vale of Clwyd singers, there were readings from people representing Claire House, including 25-year-old Andrew Duffy, who attended the hospice from the age of 14.

Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsorship and donations will help support seriously and terminally ill children and their families.

Director of Care at Claire House, Janet Sutherland-Oakes, said: "It was so wonderful to see so many people come to support their local children's hospice at such an important time of year.

"We're delighted that Louise was able to join us and host for the second year in a row.

"We're so grateful to everyone who was a part of the evening, including our sponsors Bradshaw Farnham and Lea, for making it a festive event to remember and enabling us to reach out to many more families who need our support, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.”