A cosplay collective that includes superheroes and science-fiction icons is aiming to make a difference in the community and raise money for a local Hospice. 

Cumbria Cosplay Collective is a group of like-minded, Carlisle-based individuals, who all share a passion for cosplaying.

Cosplaying is a committed craft where people pay attention to minute levels of details in an attempt to transform themselves into their favourite characters.

For example, Andy Murhpy, who is a member of the Cumbria Cosplay Collective spent four months perfecting his Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett costume with elements that have been 3D printed and intricately worked upon.

News and Star: Carlisle business Rex Boba was visited by Boba Fett and DeadpoolCarlisle business Rex Boba was visited by Boba Fett and Deadpool (Image: Supplied)The group all includes several Marvel favourites like Captain America, Deadpool, Spiderman, and DC's caped crusader Batman, with Andy explaining how everyone involved is hoping to use their superpowers for charity.

He said: "It all came from the passion for the characters and loving the characters and we use that passion to raise some money for a good cause.

"The collective a new thing, we have been to conventions and have met each other but we are all kind of Carlisle-based and have got our heads together this year, and in about January time we decided we were going to make a real push to try and earn some money for Jigsaw Children's Hospice this year.

"We created the Instagram page and the Facebook page and we are trying to work with stores in and around Carlisle. We can do a little bit of promotional work for stores and collect some money for charity at the same time."

News and Star: Captain America and SpidermanCaptain America and Spiderman (Image: Supplied)The Cumbria Cosplay Collective has also teamed up with local businesses such as Rex Boba and Toys N Tech to combine promotional work with charity collecting and Andy detailed how the community has reacted to their mission.

"It has been overwhelmingly positive, it is very rare that we get negative comments," He said.

"Everybody just wants to be involved and get a picture and it is overwhelmingly positive, it is lovely to do and we are out there raising money for a good cause and helping people.

News and Star: "We want to get together, have a laugh, get involved with the local community, and raise some money for Jigsaw Children's Hospice."