A butterfly release was the poignant centrepiece of Halton Haven’s annual "Tea at Three" event.

Butterflies are purchased ahead of the event and released in memory of loved ones providing a touching moment of reflection during a fun and lively afternoon of activity.

Hundreds of visitors poured through the gates of the hospice in Murdishaw to enjoy live music from Martyn Carson and Gareth Heesom, tackle a climbing wall provided by Mersey Weaver Scouts, play football on a blow-up pitch and browse a variety of stalls put on by supporters, community groups and hospice staff.

It was also the first opportunity for visitors to try out the hospice’s new community café which sold refreshments during the afternoon.

Ahead of the butterfly release, there was a competition to choose the Haven’s new mascot for the next 12 months with Dobby, a mixed-breed dog, being chosen ahead of five other finalists picked from online entries.

The afternoon also saw the unveiling of the latest community defibrillator bought by Aidan Jackson from his ongoing fundraising campaign.

The ribbon was cut by Halton Mayor Cllr Margaret Horabin.

"It was a marvellous afternoon. A chance for the whole hospice family to come together and enjoy themselves, and also to remember people who have passed through the butterfly release," said Karen Eden, director of care and operational services.

"We’re very thankful for the money raised on the day which will help us continue to provide our valuable services to the people of the borough."