YOUNG Rainbows shrugged off the rain to raise some £500 for seriously ill children.
Fifteen members of the 2nd Bersted pack wore antlers for a reindeer walk around the town centre in spite of bad weather.
They walked through The Arcade and the London Road precinct in aid of the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, pictured above and below.
Denise Kinrade, former leader of the unit, said: “They did amazingly well. They took part to help other children who are not so lucky as them.
“The parade formed part of their work for their public service badge.
“Providing a service to others is something they do throughout the year.”
The sight of the five and six-year-olds cheered up those who were around in the wet conditions. They were invited inside Kids Stuff Toys for their pick of toys on a tray handed to them by a member of staff.
Two police officers on patrol also handed them a cash donation.
Mrs Kinrade said the total amount collected before the parade had reached £349.
The three collection boxes used have to be taken to the hospice near Arundel to be unlocked.
When this is done, it is expected the final amount will reach the £500 mark.
The Rainbows usually stage an event for others at Christmas. Last year saw them collecting food parcels.
Jenny Murrell, a community fundraiser at the hospice, said it depended on the goodwill of its supporters.
“We would like to say a thank-you to all the groups, like 2nd Bersted Rainbows, who have held reindeer walks or runs this year.
“It is an easy and fun way for children to support their local children’s hospice,” he said.
“So far this year, we have had 57 groups take part. It is the sixth year we have held the event and last year’s saw them raise £67,000 for us.”