TWO siblings have raised over £5,000 for East Lancashire Hospice playing carols around the Ribble Valley.

Olivia Hurst, 16, and her brother Matthew Hurst, 14, have played 33 half-hour street carolling sessions which have raised £5059 for East Lancs Hospice.

The brother and sister could raise even more as they have two more street concerts to go today (December 24), with their final service at Weavers Croft in Billington, where the family live.

Mother Cathryn Hurst said: "We are so proud of what they’ve done it was all their idea but neither of them expected it to turn out as fabulous as it has.

"Olivia and Matthews have really enjoyed being back playing and performing for people they are both overwhelmed by the amount they’ve raised and the positive comments they’ve received"

The pair play for Lostock Hall Memorial Band and Lancashire Youth Brass Band but due to Covid-19 have not managed to play with their bandmates since March.

Chairman of the Lostock Hall Memorial Band, Martin Walker said: "It's absolutely fantastic what they have achieved. They have been out there diligently every single day.

"They are extremely talented young players, they really are. We are really proud to have them in the band.

"The band as a whole are extremely proud of what they have done."

Olivia and Matthew have visited Billington, Whalley and Langho to play traditional hymns on their brass instruments to bring some festive spirit to the Ribble Valley.

An elderly man who sang along at one of Matthew and Olivia's concerts said: "It’s the first thing me and my wife have had to look forward too in months”

Olivia and Matthew spoke of their shock when reached £1000 and said to pass £5000 is unbelievable.

They said: "We want to say thank you to everyone who booked, donated and encouraged us."

They have also been presented with certificates of appreciation by Whalley Lions for their festive fundraiser.