RECORD ticket sales and donations at CancerCare’s annual Cross Bay Walk led to more than £12,000 being raised for the charity.

More than 300 people took part, being led along the nine-mile route from Arnside to Kents Bank by Queen’s Guide to the Sands Michael Wilson.

CancerCare supports families in North Lancashire and south Cumbria affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions.

Kat Michaels, fundraiser for the charity, said: "Crossing the Bay is a unique experience and to do it with such a great crowd of like-minded people all raising money for CancerCare was an honour.

"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and due to the tremendous success of this year’s walk we plan on making it even bigger and better next year!”

The event was also supported by dozens of local people who volunteered as marshals, while several local companies contributed by providing goods and services for free, including Barrow-based Idroneit, which filmed the walk using a drone.

Such was the demand for places, the charity is planning to expand next year's event to 450 walkers.

Ms Michaels added: “All of the money we raised from the walk will go towards providing therapy and support for people affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses, and make a real difference to the lives of local families across North Lancashire and south Cumbria.”