A CALENDAR featuring the photographic talents of a Worsthorne man has generated £3,376 for Pendleside Hospice.

Images captured by Peter Hartley, who once worked as a freelance sports photographer for the Lancashire Telegraph, were gathered together to raise funds for the Reedley organisation.

Mr Hartley, of Goldfield Avenue, died in November 2014 at the age of 66, and his portfolio often included fell racing, which he participated in as a keen runner.

And atmospheric landscape scenes were another speciality and a dozen were selected for the calendar.

The proceeds from the sales were handed over to hospice chief executive Helen McVey by the men’s group at St John the Evangelist Church in the village.

Tony Cummings, a men’s group member, said: “After Peter died we were admiring his photographic work and the penny suddenly dropped that we could produce a calendar in his memory and raise money for Pendleside.

“Since the success of the calendar we have been called the Calendar Boys but any thoughts of us producing a calendar like the girls in Yorkshire are a non-starter.”

Fellow group member Alan Simpson, from Worsthorne, told the group how the hospice helped him and and his family during and after the time his wife Gail died. A collection and donation from the men’s group raised another £100.

Mrs McVey also delivered a talk to the group on the various services offered by the hospice and the fundraising required to keep them going each year.

Around a quarter of the £4million operational costs, associated with Pendleside, are provided by the NHS but the remainder must be generated internally.

Mr Hartley's striking efforts were even recognised at the Millennium Dome at the turn of the century.

His picture of Andy Beatty, from the Cumberland Fell Runners, while he was competing in the 1996 Ben Nevis Race, was picked out as part of an exhibition on National Identity.

The picture had first appeared in Fellrunner magazine and the race director, George McFarlane, had wrote to dome officials, to explain how he thought the composition had clearly encapsulated a Scottish sense of pride.

In his younger days he was also involved in potholing, climbing and fell walking and was a member of Rossendale Harriers. He also competed in the first London Marathon.