FENCE’S annual Open Gardens had a record-breaking year – raising £2,407.66 for Pendleside Hospice.

The fundraising team smashed last’s year £1,800 total – and praised both participants and visitors for their support.

The Flowerpot Sculpture Trail was won by Mark and Rachel Longmire and their children Thomas and Hannah. Their swimming pool creation was crowned the winning design by new Pendleside Hospice ambassador and BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, Albia Begum.

Pamela Barton, from Fence and Pendleside fundraising group which organises the event, said: “The weekend was a glorious success.

“The sun shone and people from all over the North West came to the village to show their support and have a wonderful time.

“We raised more £2,400 mainly due to more people getting involved.”

She added: “This event will continue to grow and grow to help the hospice and also become a focal part of the village year.

“Our committee sends a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you.”

Pendleside Hospice needs almost £4.2million each year to operate, with £3.2 million being raised through fundraising initiatives.

For more details about becoming involved or joining the group, contact Pam Barton on 07769 715450.