Last weekend’s inaugural Dame Dash in aid of St Joseph’s Hospital and Hackney Empire has so far raised a huge £7000.

Over 100 people joined in the race, to raise money for two well-loved Hackney institutions. Dressed in their pantomime best the runners put on a great display for onlookers on Mare Street.

Rod Bentley, Finance Director of the Hackney Empire said: “It was nice to be able to do something frontline at the Empire. A lot of people don’t realise it’s a charity so it’s good to raise awareness. We hope to see a lot more people next year.”

All the money raised will be split between the two charities and got towards helping local people in the borough.

Photos: Colin O’Brien