More than 5,700 people were welcomed to Land’s End for the inaugural Pirate Day held on Tuesday (August 17) in aid of St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.
Car parks overflowed and people flocked to see the thrilling new 4D film experience, which ran every 20 minutes throughout the day.
David Bryans, General Manager at Land’s End, said: “We have made significant investments at Land’s End, which have already boosted our numbers dramatically.
“Tuesday was our busiest day in two years and we were delighted so many people joined us to help raise money for this fantastic local cause.”
Youngsters had the chance to meet and greet a Jack Sparrow lookalike from Pirates of the Caribbean, plus entertainers from Swamp Circus.
The highlight of the day was a spectacular performance by the Breitling Wingwalkers, who took to the skies over the famous landmark during the afternoon.
The event was held to raise much-needed funds for St Julia’s Hospice’s “Build the Vision” Appeal to raise £1.5 million. The hospice, in Hayle, wants to increase the number of beds from eight to 12 and provide dedicated outpatient facilities, which will be more accessible, but separated from the wards.
This will enable the hospice to provide more care for the people of West Cornwall and improve the dignity and privacy of patients and their families. The Department of Health has awarded a grant of £496,000 towards the £1.5 million needed for the project and since a public appeal was launched in April an extra £80,000 has been raised.
Last month the annual Air Sea Rescue Day, which raises money for the RNLI and Help for Heroes, attracted 5,148 visitors.
On Thursday, August 26, Land’s End will stage Air Ambulance Day. There will be fundraising stalls, competitions, a chance to meet the Air Ambulance crew, live music from the Cornish Wurzles and fireworks at dusk.
For more information on Land’s End visit www.landsend-landmark.co.uk
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