HUNDREDS of children and their parents helped raised money for charity when they took part in an Easter egg hunt.

The Aireborough Rotary event was free of charge but raised £1583 in donations for local and international charities, including Martin House Hospice.

More than 650 children and parents poured into Rodley Nature Reserve to enjoy taking part in the hunt and claiming their finishing prizes.

A spokesman said: "Thanks to donations of 235 Easter eggs from a range of Leeds and Bradford stores as well as from Rotary and Inner Wheel members the chocolate tombola was soon handing them all out to lucky ticket winners. At the same time the ever popular Hook-a-Duck saw its seven trays of novelties emptied by close to 400 customers.

Interest was also shown in the Aquabox display, one of Aireborough’s projects, destined for disaster areas with its life-saving filter able to turn dirty water into a drinkable solution."

He added: "Thanks go to all the ever willing volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel and Rodley, to the hardworking stall holders but most of all to the splendidly supportive public who made this year’s event one to remember."

Next year's event will take place on Sunday April 21.