CHILDREN at Darnhall Primary School in Winsford are jumping for joy after raising almost £1,000 for St Luke's Hospice.

Pupils collected more than £500 after taking part in a fun-filled Bunny Hop, walking, toddling and running round their school grounds on Sandyhill Road.

Altogether, youngsters have raised £949 to support people living with cancer and their families.

Luke the bear, the hospice mascot visited children to thank them for their continued generosity.

Headteacher Sarah Tomlinson said: “We will always support St Luke’s through fundraising. The hospice has supported families, staff and children at our school.

"One of our favourite events this year was the nursery Bunny Hop and also selling knitted chicks.”

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Pupils from Darnhall Primary School celebrate with St Luke's mascot Luke the bear after raising £949 for the hospice

Since 1988, St Luke’s has been providing palliative care to local people, supporting them in ways which go beyond the scope and funding of the NHS.

Last year, more than 1,000 local residents received a huge range of support from end of life care to supporting carers, helping children cope with grief and enabling patients return to work after an illness.

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Almost 85 per cent of the charity's care is funded by donations.

A spokesman for St Luke's Hospice said: "We support anyone living with a life-limiting illness from the moment they’re diagnosed. "Our specialist nursing team provides one-to-one care and support so patients are able to cope with illness and live well."