A Birmingham community group has raised nearly £6,000 for a mobile eye hospital in India.

The Shree Prajapati Association held a number of events to raise the funds for the Rotary Eye Institute based in Navsari, India.

The institute runs a sterilised mobile operating theatre which sets up temporary eye camps in isolated and inaccessible villages in the state of Gujarat.

It screens people for signs of cataracts and provides treatment that they would otherwise not be able to afford. Kiran Mistry, president of the Birmingham Shree Prajapati Association, said: "When we first heard about the Rotary Eye Institute, we felt compelled to support it and, over the past few months, our members have dug deep into their pockets to demonstrate great imagination and generosity to raise funds for the project.

"It is incredible to see the hard-ship that villagers in parts of India face, especially for those living in cold, remote and inaccessible villages and, with no NHS to fall back on, people remain blind."

The Birmingham SPA is one of 13 regional organisations who are a part of the national charity Shree Prajapati Association UK, which bought the mobile unit and all the operating equipment after it raised more than £25,000.

It has since sent representatives to India to help establish the unit.

Birmingham SPA held a dinner and dance, which raised £4,000 and gained further funds from a ladies' night and from member donations.