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THEY might be dressed to give people a fright, but last night it was all about raising money for a good cause.

This group of pupils and their parents from Redlands Primary School, in Fareham were dressed in Halloween costumes for this year’s Moonlit Meander.

A group of pupils and their parents from Redlands Primary School, Fareham. The children's version of the Moonlit Memories Walk is the Moonlit Meander for children who want to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133010-446)

A group of pupils and their parents from Redlands Primary School, Fareham. The children's version of the Moonlit Memories Walk is the Moonlit Meander for children who want to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133010-446)

In its fourth year, the event raises money for The Rowans Hospice, and is a children’s version of the Moonlit Memories walk.

Around 500 children and young people took part in the walk – many in memory of losing a loved one.

Some of the children had been, or are in contact with the hospice’s Meerkat Service, which provides bereavement support.

Imogen Fitzgerald, eight, her sister Amelia, 14, and their mother Janet, 47, took part in the walk, which starts and finishes in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

They were walking in memory of their father and husband Brian, 54, who died two years ago, after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma – a type of bone marrow cancer.

Janet, of Albemarle Avenue, in Gosport, said: ‘This event is brilliant for children.

‘Without the help from the Rowans and the Meerkat Service, then we wouldn’t be where we are now.

‘The walk is a great way to let children feel included.’

Children and young people up to the age of 16 are invited to take part in the 1.5-mile route, which goes past HMS Victory, and into areas of the naval base not normally open to the public.

Children are also invited to make a ‘memory star’ and light a candle in the church in memory of someone who has died.

Hospice chief executive Ruth White said: ‘This meander was an idea by children, who wanted to do something to support us.

‘Hopefully they will think about volunteering in the future.’