GENEROUS jewellers have marked the end of a hugely-successful fundraising campaign by presenting a cheque for more than £90,000.

Members of Jacobs the Jewellers have been busy throughout the last year finding ways to support the Royal Berks Charity.

With 2018 marking the company's 70th anniversary of trading in Reading, an initial target of £70,000 had been set.

However, through a series of fundraising challenges, Jacobs was able to present a cheque for £93,588.

Steve McManus, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire Hospital, said: “This is a phenomenal amount of money raised by an outstanding local business who have been incredibly supportive over this past year.

"All the proceeds from Jacobs ‘Seventy for Seventy’ project is going to our Berkshire Cancer Centre (BCC) appeal to purchase cutting edge radiotherapy equipment.

"The BCC team aim to provide a world-class service and I am immensely proud of them all for the incredible work they do for our patients every day.

"We could not do it without the help of our charity supporters. Our thanks now and into the future are heartfelt.”

The stunning total was made possible through a range of events and activities, including a skydive, a gala black tie ball and a Christmas social.

The cheque was presented by Adam, Adrienne and Ian Jacobs, the owners of the business, at a celebratory reception.

Funds will help the cause for a new surface guided radiotherapy machine in the BCC.

The Jacobs family added: “We are absolutely amazed by this amount and so happy about it.

"When we set out to raise £70,000 for our 70th, we thought it was a big challenge.

"It was not easy and we are truly grateful to all the customers, businesses - an enormous amount who are local to Reading - and to our team.

"Everyone was extraordinarily generous with donations, both financially and with time to help raise the funds for this really loved local cause. It is guaranteed that this will change lives for the better.”