CRAFTY customers at town shopping centre have been helping to raise funds for the East Lancashire Hospice.

Pop-up pottery and craft studio Erin's Place opened in The Mall Blackburn during June's Festival of Making.

Since then its has raised more than £500 to the centre's charity of the year from shoppers dropping by for craft and pottery sessions.

East Lancashire Hospice in Park Lee Road, Blackburn, has been providing services to people with life limiting illnesses for 35 years.

It costs £3.7million per year to run, with only around £1.2million coming from grants.

Loraine Jones, The Mall's general manager, said: "I am thrilled that the centre's Erin's Place collaboration is proving to be so successful.

"We are always proud of the many ways our retailers help us to raise money for our chosen charity, but we have been blown away by the amount of money it has donated so far.

"The pottery studio has proved to be a very popular addition to The Mall and we hope many more people will get chance to visit to continue raising money for such a fantastic cause."

Erin's Place is open in the shopping centre every day until September 1.

It is in Victoria Court in The Mall, just across from The Works.