THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for Halton Haven as schools, shops, hotels and businesses turned purple.

The community teamed up to support the hospice’s forget me not week, raising awareness and vital cash for people with life limiting illnesses.

Hospice community fundraiser Michelle Gladman, aged 39, from Brookvale, said: “It was brilliant. A lot of businesses and schools came on board for the first time. We would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Widnes schoolgirl Amy Dennett, aged 12, who supports the Mersey Storm wheelchair rugby team, had her long locks cut off at a fun-filled event in Asda in Milton Road.

Asda in Runcorn raised £1,500 from a bike ride, bucket collection and selling wrist bands.

The store’s community life champion Dee Samuel said: “Our customers love Halton Haven.

"You only have to mention the hospice and they empty their pockets. I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity. It’s been absolutely fantastic.”