TERMINALLY ill children are set to benefit from funds raised during Hilmarton’s annual scarecrow festival after organisers raised £8,000 for local causes.

Jessie May children’s hospice at home received £2,800 from the festival in which hundreds of people donated cash to explore an impressive 46 pairs themed scarecrows.

The money raised during the fifth festival in the village has been distributed between Jessie May, Hilmarton Primary School, Hilmarton Preschool and St Laurence Church.

Mary Spooner, treasurer of the Hilmarton Scarecrow Festival Committee, said: “We’ve had another amazing year and were so impressed by everyone’s scarecrow-building efforts.

"A few of the Jessie May nurses even built their own Doctor and Nurse scarecrow pair and did a great job too.”

Debbie Clark, Swindon and Wiltshire fundraising officer at Jessie May, said: “The money raised will make such a tremendous difference to the work we do here in Wiltshire helping local children and their families. Thank you to everyone involved – we are truly appreciative of your support.”