GENEROUS fundraisers have handed over a cheque for £10,000 to Pendleside Hospice.

Members of the Padiham and Hapton Fundraising Group collected the money during a series of event over the past 12 months.

And a host of other kind-hearted contributors have pledged cash to the Reedley-based hospice in recent days.

The Padiham and Hapton group raised the money through cake sales, general donations and sales of Christmas cards.

The group’s members, Brian and Maryan Hough and Barry and Val Jackson, handed over the cheque nurses from the hospice last week.

Leah Mitchell, fundraiser for Pendleside Hospice, said: “Thank you very much to everyone in the Padiham and Hapton Fundraising Group for all their hard work, support and for raising another fantastic amount of money. It really is appreciated”.

In a seperate fundraising drive, Ightenhill man Jim Cowell was able to present the hospice with £667 after hosing a charity music night at the KSC 110 Club in Yorkshire Street, Burnley.

Mr Cowell also donated proceeds from the sale of his novel, God Loves A Tryer, and his covers album With All My Love.

He said: “Thank you very much to everyone who attended the charity night and to all who purchased a book or a CD.”

And thoughtful nine-year-old schoolgirl Grace Spellman, from Higham, donated her weekly £5 pocket money to the hospice after hearing about the work it does.

She said: “I decided I wanted to donate my pocket money to help them care for patients instead of spending it on something I didn’t need.”

Another team of 12 fundraisers, from Innisfree Child Care in Langroyd Road, Colne, hope to donate £1,000 by completing the Manchester 10K Colour Run on July 5.

Pendleside’s annual running costs currently total £3.8 million, around three-quarters of which is dependant on voluntary contributions.