It may be cold and snow might be falling, but determined youngsters, workers and celebrities are wearing their nightwear with pride today in support of the Katy Holmes Trust.
Schools, nurseries, businesses and individuals all over Lancashire and beyond are today taking part in Pyjama Day to mark tomorrow’s anniversary of the death of brain tumour victim Katy Holmes.
Katy, 10, of Margaret Road, Penwortham, died on January 19 last year only months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Katy’s family have organised a Pyjama Day to raise money for the Katy Holmes Trust which aims to fund research into paediatric brain tumours.
Celebrities have also come on board to support the day with singer Russell Watson, actress Wendi Peters, Jeff Kristian from Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Tricia Penrose from Emmerdale are among those taking part.
Footballer Clarke Carlisle and Coronation Street actress Bev Callard are also supporting the day.
The schools and nurseries taking part in Pyjama Day locally include Busy Bees at the Royal Preston Hospital, Pebbles at Stoneygate Nursery, Ribbleton Methodist Junior School, Ribbleton Avenue Infant School, Buckshaw Village Nursery, Walmer Bridge Day Nursery, Tarleton Day Nursery, Bright Sparks Nursery in Penwortham and Carr Manor nurseries in Walton-le-Dale and Higher Walton.
St Mary Magdelene’s School in Penwortham where Katy was a pupil and head girl, will be holding a dress down day in support of the event.
Businesses taking part include Diligenta on Preston Docks, Conway Cards in Garstang and H Whalley’s Funeral Directors in Preston.
Paula Holmes, Katy’s mum, said: “We are thrilled that so many people are supporting Pyjama Day despite the bad weather.
“Please stay safe everyone and try to remember why we are doing this.
“We are raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours, raising money to fund the research and most of all, we are remembering Katy, our beautiful sleeping angel.”