A GROUP of youngsters striked out for Barnsley Hospice with a unique fundraise.

Members of the Barnsley Youth Bowling Club (YBC) took part in a 12-hour bowling marathon on Sunday to raise funds for the hospice.

There were five children who did the whole 12 hours at Barnsley Bowl, while others took part in shifts, and all together they knocked down 21,990 pins over the course of the day.

President of the club, Mick Brown, told the Chronicle: “It was some of our older juniors who came up with the idea.

“They wanted to do something for charity, and since I knew Barnsley Bowl was supportive of the hospice I thought it would be a great place to go.

“I’m a bit tired now obviously, but it was a good day.

“We had sponsorship ahead of the day, a raffle and we’ve still got more to come, so it feels great to be on the other side now.”

So far, they have raised £1,255 for the charity, with some further donations expected to come in.

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“The hospice was really nice,” Mick added.

“They gave us some flags so the kids were waving them every time there was a strike.

“We all had a good laugh and were raising money at the same time.”