More than 150 children have become our latest Hospice Heroes by dashing around their school.
The youngsters from Clifton Primary School in St Annes were set to run around the outside of the building on Clitheroe Road for their Reindeer Dash, but rain kept them inside.
But it wasn’t enough to dampen their spirits as they ran along to Christmas music to raise money for our appeal for Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice.
Headteacher Rachel Legge said: “It was a brilliant event; really good.
“Unfortunately it rained so we did a lap of the inside of school, but the children were really exciting to be taking part and it really put us in the Christmas mood.”
And for the school, the Reindeer Dash had an important meaning.
It was held in the memory of the school’s office administration assistant, Anne Morton.
Mrs Morton, 49, was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, and in the early part of this year doctors discovered it was affecting several parts of her body. She died at Trinity Hospice, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, in March.
Mrs Legge said: “All our fundraising efforts this year have been for Trinity because of Anne.
“It’s a brilliant organisation to support.”
Hospice Heroes is aiming to raise £200,000 for a major refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House children’s hospice.
Today, we can reveal our new total stands at £44,330.
Work has already started on the project which is also being funded by a £280,000 government grant.
It will see single rooms created and private areas built around the hospice, as well as an update of the original furniture and fittings.
At Brian House the bedrooms will be made brighter and safer, the living area is being extended and the kitchen is being remodelled to make it more suitable for older children to use.