More than 5,000 Churchstoke residents enjoyed a range of activities including helicopter rides, acrobatic shows and virtual reality experiences at a charity Fun Day organised by The Midcounties Co-operative last weekend.

Popular cartoon characters from children's TV shows made an appearance at the event; Chase & Marshall from paw Patrol and Cat Boy from PJ Mask.

The money raised will be donated to charities including Hope House, a children’s hospice in Oswestry, that will use the donations to support children, young people and their families affected by terminal illnesses.

The charity provides a support network to those affected, as well as counselling and respite care.

The Fun Day forms part of The Midcounties Co-operative’s Regional Communities strategy, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide impactful and sustainable support for local community groups through volunteering and fundraising initiatives.

Chris Chandler, a Leadership Team Ambassador at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “It was great to see all of the community come together to have fun and help raise money for such deserving, local charities. “This year’s Fun Day was another storming success, and we’re proud to be able to support local charities.”

Andy Goldsmith, Chief Executive at Hope House, said: “The Fun Day was jampacked full of activities and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the colleagues and community members that have helped fundraised for us over the years.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to The Midcounties Co-operative. Their support has enabled us to support more children and families in the area.”