A FUNDRAISING challenge has coined-in £37,750 for Sue Ryder – which runs Manorlands hospice at Oxenhope.

The December Daily Dash saw 85 people walk, jog or run five kilometres every day last month to give a desperately-needed boost to the charity’s coffers.

Husband and wife Mark and Jackie Smith founded the event in 2015 after Jackie’s father, Mike, was cared for at a Sue Ryder hospice.

Thirteen people took part in the inaugural dash – and £5,000 was raised.

Since then, the event has snowballed.

The latest dash had to adopt a slightly different format due to the pandemic, but the event has still been hailed as a huge success.

Mark and Jackie paid tribute to participants for their “amazing fundraising and spirit”.

They added: “Although we couldn’t have the crowds this time, the dash showed that anyone can take part anywhere and anyhow – and whilst we might be apart physically, it still felt like we were somehow together.

“We were especially grateful for the dash in the strangest of years and we’ve loved all the pictures, videos and stories of everyone enjoying it too. We hope to see everybody back next time.”

Amongst those taking part for Manorlands was 17-year-old Abigail Fraser.

She said: “I found the challenge really difficult, but so rewarding too. Running or walking every day got me out of the house and into the fresh air, which really helped me both mentally and physically during the dark winter days.”

Rachel Binns, head of fundraising at Manorlands, thanked all those participants who supported the hospice.

She said: “Sue Ryder continues to play a crucial part in the coronavirus effort. We have been caring for people with coronavirus symptoms throughout the pandemic and our bereavement support teams have never been busier helping those who have lost loved ones during these difficult times.

“December can be an incredibly difficult month for many. Taking part in the dash was a great way for people to have some time out and to think and reflect, whilst raising money for families needing our care. I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who completed the event in support of our hospice. You’re helping us continue to be there when it matters for local families.”