Intrepid explorers from The Mall, Blackburn have raised more than £1,700 for the East Lancashire Hospice.

Staff and retailers took part in a 22-mile walk from Blackburn to Clitheroe in the pouring rain earlier in the summer and have been busy collecting sponsor money throughout August.

The team, from Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe, Millie’s Cookies and Thorntons, as well as management, security, housekeeping and customer service staff from The Mall, smashed their £1,000 target and are over the moon with the result.

Organiser Ken Shaxon, who is a member of The Mall’s Security team, said: "We were absolutely over to moon to raise so much money for the East Lancashire Hospice and I want to thank everyone for their kind donations.

"The cheque presentation was a very special moment and I can safely say that all the hard work that went into organising the walk was more than worth it."

General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, Loraine Jones, said: "I would like to congratulate Ken and his team of fellow walkers on such a fantastic achievement.

"Every penny really does count for the East Lancashire Hospice and I am extremely proud of everyone that took part."