PUB regulars raised more than £5,000 for than £5,000 for cancer charities after barmaid Jess Scargill was diagnosed with the killer disease.

After the 21-year-old from Withnell Fold received the bad news in April, the landlord and landlady of the Golden Lion Higher Wheelton where she worked started to organise a fund-raising event.

Darren and Sam Cooper recruited Jake Heaton, a local musician, for the afternoon of fun for children and evening of music for adults.

As they were counting up the £5,232 raised by the event and associated activities, including a 'Brave the Shave' challenge and two competitors in a Five Kilometre run, Jess got unexpected good news.

Following a biopsy of the removed 'malignant tumour', it turned out not to be the originally diagnosed Stage Three Ovarian cancer but a more innocent Dermoid Cyst that had burst spreading poison in her system to produce the same symptoms.

Now Jess and her friends who took part in the event are delighted not just at her new diagnosis and recovery but the cash raised for the Macmillan Cancer Support and Teenage Cancer Trust.

She said: "I am delighted that the tests showed I did not have cancer.

"I had to have surgery but although I shaved my head for the event I avoided the dreaded chemotherapy.

"Now I am well on the road to recovery and really glad that the doctors did their job and found something wrong.

"It might not be cancer but it could have been fatal.

"I am also really pleased to have raised the money for the two cancer charities.

"There are lots of other young women who really do have cancer and it could so easily have been me.

"It was a close shave in more ways than one."

Charity head shaves - including Jess, her brother Anthony, and Clare Stout - raised more than £2,000.

The previous week Jess' sister, Gabriella, and friends Rosa Bennet and Hannah Weedon completed the Pretty Muddy 5k race for life in Moor Park, Preston, raising nearly £1,500.

Jess's best friend Lauren Jaynes said: "I'm over the moon about the new diagnosis. The response to the event was amazing for two great charities."

Pub staff donated their wages to charity and a silent auction of a signed Ryan Giggs shirt raising £290.