An annual fundraiser in aid of Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth has amassed more than £31,000 - enough to fund the charity's entire services for more than three days.

Muddy Mayhem - a 5km obstacle course - was held on the Woodhall Estate on March 24. 

The Comet: People of all ages took part.People of all ages took part. (Image: Martin Wootton)

Adam Brockett, product and events lead at Garden House Hospice Care, said: "We say it every year, but I think this was our best Muddy Mayhem yet!

"The weather was certainly an improvement on last year, but it didn’t take away from the mud or, more importantly, the fun!

"We are delighted with the amount raised. Each and every person who took part is truly amazing for taking on the challenge, and has helped us smash last year’s total. It’s an incredible achievement. A huge thank you and well done to everyone."

The Comet: The event raised more than £31,000 for Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth.The event raised more than £31,000 for Garden House Hospice Care in Letchworth. (Image: Bunny-hugging volunteer)

Cousins seven-year-old Jaziel and 11-year-old Mayson tackled the Mini Mudder - a shorter version of the event for children.

The pair collectively raised just shy of £2,500 in memory of their great auntie, Diane, who received care from the hospice in 2022.

Jaziel, who said he had "so much fun" that he ended up running two laps of the course, said: "I wanted to challenge myself and help the hospice raise money so they can help people like my auntie Didi.

"I could see the adults running back from the main event and some were soaking and covered in mud, so I was excited to get started!

The Comet: Cousins Mayson and Jaziel raised £2,500 in memory of their great auntie Diane.Cousins Mayson and Jaziel raised £2,500 in memory of their great auntie Diane. (Image: Supplied)

"My favourite part was going through the last river. It wasn't as muddy, so I could run quickly, climb over the obstacle and zoom to the finish line.

"I want to do it again next year!"

A team of staff from Stevenage Football Club and Stevenage FC Foundation also took part in Muddy Mayhem, as the hospice is the club’s official charity partner for the current season.

It costs Garden House Hospice Care £6.5 million a year to provide their services and, although they receive some funding from the NHS, they need to raise £9,700 every day in charitable income.