GENEROUS fundraisers have handed over a £10,000 cheque to Pendleside Hospice.

Members of the Padiham and Hapton Fundraising Group collected the money during a series of events over the past 12 months.

And a host of other kind-hearted contributors have pledged cash to the Reedley-based hospice in rec-ent days.

The Padiham and Hapton group raised the money through cake sales, general donations, and sales of Christmas cards.

Group members Brian and Maryan Hough, and Barry and Val Jackson, handed over the cheque to nurses from the hos-pice. Leah Mitchell, fundraiser for Pendleside Hospice, said: “Thank you very much to every-one in the Padiham and Hapton Fundraising Group for all their hard work, and support, and for raising another fantastic amount of money.

“It really is appreciated,” she added.

Caring Grace donates her pocket money 
Thoughtful nine-year-old schoolgirl Grace Spellman, from Higham, donated her weekly £5 pocket money to the hospice after hearing about the work it does.

She said: “I decided I wanted to donate my pocket money to help them care for patients, instead of spending it on something I didn’t need.”

Singer Jim raises more notes 
IN a separate fundraising drive, Ightenhill man Jim Cowell was able to present the hospice with £667 after hosing a charity music night at the KSC 110 Club, in Yorkshire Street, Burnley.

Mr Cowell also donated proceeds from the sale of his novel, God Loves A Tryer, and his covers album ‘With All My Love’.

He said: “Thank you very much to everyone who attended the charity night. and to all who purchased a book. or a CD.”

Child care staff to run in city 10k 
A TEAM of 12 fundraisers, from Innisfree Child Care, in Langroyd Road, Colne, hopes to donate £1,000 by completing the Manchester 10K Colour Run, on July 5.

Pendleside Hospice is a registered charity caring for the needs of those with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

The current annual running cost is £3.8million, of which a grant from the NHS provides approximately 26%, but for the remaining total of £2.8million, it relies on support from the local community.