PHOTOS: Hospice Heroes raise £20,000

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Hundreds of little ‘Hospice Heroes’ braved the cold as they walked around Towneley Park to raise money for Pendleside on Sunday.

More than 300 youngsters, from toddlers up to 12 year olds, walked, jogged and skipped their way around the three mile circuit.

The family fun event, which was held by the hospice for the first time last year, looks to encourage lots of community spirit, provide fun and laughs and promote exercise for children, while raising funds for the hospice.

There was face-painting, a bouncy castle and plenty of other children’s entertainment taking place before the walk and as each child crossed the finish line they received a medal, certificate and goody bag.

Last year the event raised more than £15,000 for the hospice but organisers were confident of passing the £20,000 mark this time around.

Sammi Bracewell, fund-raiser for Pendleside Hospice, said: “It’s been a fantastic event. It’s been a bit cold but fortunately the rain has held off.

Photo: David Hurst'Little angels Ruby Brooks, left, and Abbie Graham take part in the Little Hospice Heroes Walk in Towneley Park, Burnley.

Photo: David Hurst'Little angels Ruby Brooks, left, and Abbie Graham take part in the Little Hospice Heroes Walk in Towneley Park, Burnley.

“Last year was a big success. We raised more than £15,000 but we’re definitely on for raising for more than £20,000 this year and that’s a brilliant amount.

“We have a lot of children here raising money in memory of dads and grandads and it’s nice for them to be able to able to come out to a nice family event like this and raise money for a cause like the hospice.”

We have a lot of children here raising money in memory of dads and grandads and it’s nice for them to be able to able to come out to a nice family event like this and raise money for a cause like the hospice

Sammi Bracewell, fund-raiser for Pendleside Hospice