AROUND 80 people took part in a huge charity fundraiser that was supported by dozens of independent stall holders at Pennington Flash last month.

On Sunday, March 26, a 5km fun run took place at Pennington Flash that included family entertainment and a variety of snacks, crafts, and products on offer for those taking part.

The event was organised by local resident Paul Connelly and a dedicated team of volunteers, and raised money for a charity that is close to Paul's heart, The National Autistic Society, as his grandson is autistic.

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Leigh Journal: 80 people took part in the fun run while dozens of stalls supported the event80 people took part in the fun run while dozens of stalls supported the event (Image: Paul Connelly)

With the fundraiser supported by local supermarkets and local businesses donating products, gift vouchers, and offers to the raffle, the event raised around £3,000 for The National Autistic Society.

Following the success of the event, the money raised, and the heartwarming family atmosphere, Paul hopes to organise similar fundraisers in the future and keep "devoting time " to autism awareness.

Grateful for the support of the event, Paul said: "Thankyou from the very bottom of my heart to everyone who took the time to turn up to mine and Shannon's successful fundraising event, including all the runners and all the stall holders."