The Hospice Heroes were out in force on Bonfire Night.
Families across Blackpool gave generously to The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign, which aims to raise £200,000 to help redevelop the hospice and Brian House, at Blackpool Cricket Club’s fireworks display on Tuesday night.
Gazette reporters and Trinity volunteers collected £302.51 on the gates, while the cricket club has agreed to donate a portion of ticket sales to boost the total.
Campaigns and lottery fund-raiser at the hospice Janet Atkins, who was among those holding a collection bucket, said the amount raised had exceeded expectations.
She added: “We cannot thank Blackpool Cricket Club enough for letting us take part.
“We would also like to thank everyone who attended – they are all heroes.”
Dave Cresswell, chairman of Blackpool Cricket Club, said the event had been a huge success.
He said: “We don’t know exactly how much we raised from ticket sales but the club’s denotation is likely to be around £200. We had an excellent night – we were very lucky with the weather – and it’s nice to help raise a total of £500 for the hospice.”
Although the turnout for the fireworks event was slightly lower than last year, early estimates suggest between 4,000 and 5,000 people showed up.