Young entrepreneurs from across the region are celebrating after raising a record amount of money for charity.

Pupils from six high schools in Rossendale took part in an entrepreneurial challenge, which was launched in October, and over the course of 16 weeks, they managed to raise almost £9,000 for Rossendale Hospice.

Year 10 teams from Alder Grange, All Saints, Fearns, Whitworth High, Haslingden High and Tor View schools, had to come up with enterprising initiatives to generate as much income as possible.

And at a celebration event at Alder Grange School on January 31, the pupils presented their initiatives and results to a panel of judges.

They were then awarded for their efforts in seven different categories, including, most profit raised, most money raised per pupil, most innovative idea, greatest community involvement, best presentation and reporting, special recognition award, and the fundraisers praise award.

The event, called Youth Enterprise Challenge, is in its fourth year and so far has raised more than £29,400 for the Hospice.

A spokesperson for the hospice said: "Every year myself and all of the judges are humbled by the effort, creativity and enthusiasm the school children have for the Youth Enterprise Challenge.

"They learn a lot about running a business as well as the vital work the Hospice does for the Rossendale Community. They should be very proud of themselves at the amount of money raised."