Elf Run is a huge success

Elves were everywhere as they helped East Cheshire Hospice enjoy a bumper fundraising festive  season.

Elf Runs captured the imagination with 32 schools, businesses and other groups raising more than £40,000 for the charity.

More than 5,000 people entered into the community spirit, wearing elf hats for their mini runs to generate much-needed funds to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

The Elf Run, in its first year after replacing the Reindeer Run, focused on 'get fit and elfie', a theme which proved popular especially with schools.

Ivy Bank Primary School in Macclesfield raised more than £3,200 and even had an elf on stilts raising fundraising to a higher level. Fallibroome Academy, which has the Hospice as its charity of the year, raised more than £3,700.

Lisa Ball, Community Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hospice, said: "It was a new event and it really took off with lots of support, from local businesses to nursery schools.

"It's an amazing total and we don't yet know the final figure. We'd like to thank everyone who raised money while getting into the festive spirit. Elves are fashionable and there was a healthy aspect as well."