CHILDREN'S Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – is celebrating the success of its third annual Devil Dash fun run at Balloch Castle Country Park on Saturday, October 28.

The spooky family-friendly fun run saw around 100 participants don Halloween inspired costumes to take on either the 3.33km route or the full 6.66km Devil Dash – including comedian and River City star, Gary Lamont.

Scott Maxwell, CHAS outdoor events co-ordinator, said: “Three children die every week in Scotland from a life-shortening condition, and at present, CHAS is only reaching one of them.

“Our ambition is to reach every family that could benefit from our care and support, and events like the Devil Dash help us to raise necessary funds to provide these vital hospice and respite services.

“We make sure that no matter how short a family’s time together may be, it is filled with happiness and fun.

“We keep the joy alive by helping families to celebrate the lives of their children while they are together, and to honour their memory when they are gone.

“We want to thank everyone that took part in this year’s Devil Dash, and made it such a success.”

Participants have raised an incredible £5,000 so far and this will continue to climb over the coming weeks as sponsorship money is collected in.

CHAS is Scotland’s national children’s hospice service and cares for families and their babies, children and young people by offering palliative care, family respite and support at its two hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch.

It also has a CHAS at Home team, who bring its services into families’ homes throughout the whole of Scotland, as well as teams working in communities and hospitals across the country.