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Spooky walk helps hospice

Hospice funds have been given a major boost thanks to a parade of spooky characters.

A Halloween walk up Pendle Hill raised more than £10,000 for the Pendleside Hospice, in Burnley. More than 200 people dressed up as witches, vampires, zombies and other scary characters to take part in the event.

The daytime trek ended with a pie and peas for all the participants at Barley Village Hall.

Prizes were also given out at the end of the day for best-dressed child and best-dressed adult.

Estate agents Petty’s sponsored the event. Spokesman Ian Bythell said: “We were delighted to support Pendleside Hospice with this walk. Supporting local communities and good causes is at the heart of our business and what better way to show this than by teaming up with the hospice to raise vital funds.

“It was a real family occasion with everyone having such fun. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

The hospice is a charitable organisation and provides care free of charge. It offers short-term stays for symptom control, rehabilitation and respite care for patients with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses. It costs £3.2 million a year to run and £2.35 million of this is raised locally.

Christina Cope, fundraising manager at Pendleside Hospice, said: “This was the second time we have organised a Halloween Walk and the feedback we received was fantastic!

“The smiling faces of the families, especially the children, taking on the challenge were a real treat and the fact most people took time out to arrange a fancy dress costume too really turned this into an event to remember.”


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