CHILDREN have been the driving force of a lot of virtual fundraising for Pendleside Hospice during the coronavirus pandemic and now four youngsters are helping lead the way out of the lockdown.

Hallie Noone, six, and Georgia Bolland, 12, have been raising cash.

Hallie, who goes to Springfield Community Primary School, Burnley, is aiming to raise £1,000 and held an Easter raffle. She said: “I wanted to help Pendleside because they worked so hard to make my grandad happy when he was very ill.”

Hallie has been supported by mum Kirsty and nanna Donna Broadley in memory of grandad Iain Broadley.

Georgia, of Kelbrook, who attends Skipton Girls’ High School School, and mum Katie gave up sweets and chocolate for Lent and donated the money they saved to Pendleside who cared for Georgia’s grandad Robert Bolland during his last days.

Georgia, who baked jam tarts for her grandad and painted pictures to decorate his room at the hospice, said: “The staff were amazing. They laughed and joked with us all and welcomed us warmly. Grandad was obviously well cared for and happy there.”