FIVE plucky Countess of Chester Hospital workers decided to don wigs and short skirts to become the Spice Girls and all for a good cause.
The lasses Ginger Helen Carey, Scary Vonnie McWilliams, Sporty Morag Davies, Baby Wendy Parkin and Posh Kate Jones all work in the Therapies department at the Liverpool Road-based hospital.
After deciding to enter the Corporate Challenge this weekend, someone suggested they do it in fancy dress and raise funds for the hospital's Breast Care Appeal.
Rather than go down the tried-and-tested sponsorship route, they decided instead to take collecting tins with them on the run.
The girls managed to complete the 5km event in 43 minutes and collect more than £100 for the £1m Appeal at the same time.
'Ginger and Posh had done it before, but the other three of us were novices, so we were really pleased with what we achieved,' said Helen after the event.
'We really enjoyed it and it was good to hear from other runners who told us that seeing us in fancy dress encouraged them to keep going,' she added.
Meanwhile, an exclusive fashion show featuring Marks & Spencer's new George Davies' Per Una autumn collection will be held at Chester Town Hall on October 25, at 7pm.
Tickets priced at £8 include a glass of wine on arrival.
Ladies and children's clothes will be modelled and fashion accessories will be on sale during the evening.
The event, which is being organised in conjunction with Chester Lions, will raise funds for the Breast Care Appeal and other Lions' charities.
'Marks & Spencer Retail has been organising various fundraising events since
January in aid of the Appeal, which is one of their two nominated charities for this year.
'We are grateful for all the support they have given us,' said hospital fundraiser Janet Ratcliffe.
A Christmas card is being sold in aid of the appeal, which depicts the Old Infirmary prior to closure.
It is based on a photo taken by Dr Colm O'Mahony, consultant physician at the hospital.
Cards in packs of 10 are £3.25. They are available from the fundraising office in the main reception area at the hospital.
- Call Mrs Ratcliffe on 01244 366240.