THE Burnley Colour Dash was a splash hit – raising more than £15,000 for Pendleside Hospice.

It was the first major event Pendleside had held after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, and while social distancing was maintained, Sammi Graham, head of events and fundraising, said it felt like a 'return to normality' as more than 500 people joined in the fun.

She said: "It was a huge success and we have had lots of positive feedback from people who took part. Everyone seemed to have a fabulous time. The amount of money raised was amazing and will help the hospice to get back onto its feet properly."

People either ran, jogged or walked two 2.5km laps at Towneley Park, Burnley, while passing through four ‘colour blast stations’ when they were showered in powder paint.

Former 2BR radio presenters Holly Houldsworth and Paul Winstanley compered the event, while singer Jessica McGlinchey entertained.

Participants enjoyed warm-up sessions led by Holly Lynch and Elizabeth Brown of Fitness Evolution.

Sponsors were Farmhouse Biscuits, PM+M Solutions for Business, and the Burnley branches of Santander and Tesco.