A Cumbrian hospice at home charity is holding a virtual fundraiser in light of coronavirus preventing it from raising vital funds out in the community.

Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland has launched the virtual fundraiser in light of the coronavirus lockdown.

The charity provides end-of-life care for people in their homes throughout north Cumbria, and to fund its work holds fundraising and awareness drives in the community, which it calls "flag days."

With this now proving impossible, the charity is turning to the online community for support.

A spokesman for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland said: "Our wonderful, cheery flag day volunteers who, rain or shin,e help with our regular collections are desperately disappointed not to be able to collect.

"If you can help via this very first flag day fundraising appeal it would be magnificent."

Fiona Stobart, chief executive of the charity said: "We are in challenging times and, although we are uncertain what the future holds in relation to this virus, our clinical team will carry on.

"We are still providing care, day and night."

Click here to visit the charity's fundraising page.