RESIDENTS in Haydock, Sutton and Parr are being urged to join in the St Helens wide Scarecrow festival this Hallowe'en for a fun and socially distanced way to help Willowbrook Hospice.

Mum-of-two Mandy Fieldhouse, from Eccleston, decided to launch a St Helens Scarecrow Festival with a Hallowe'en theme during half term in a bid to spread joy as an alternative to trick or treat.

This is all in the name of raising money for Willowbrook Hospice - which is in financial difficulty due to the pandemic and in desperate need of donations.

So far organisers have residents across St Helens taking part.

Those taking part in making a scarecrow have to pay just £5 via JustGiving on the fundraising link, with all the money going to Willowbrook.

A map of where the different scarecrows are is being drawn up that people can download.

Mandy said: "It's going really well so far, for something that started as just an Eccleston wide thing, we have loads of people across St Helens getting involved now and have so far raised £4,859 for Willowbrook Hospice.

"The creations so far are amazing, it's a really good way to keep the Hallowe'en excitement going but in a safe way."

Scarecrow entries need to be paid for and registered by Sunday, October 25 and photos sent to the organisers by Monday, October 26 for the competition.

The winner of the scarecrow competition will be decided by a judge.

Mandy added: "From the information we've got on who has signed up, we definitely need more people in Haydock, Sutton and Parr to get involved though.

"It's just about creating a fun way to celebrate Hallowe'en with everything going on, because kids can't trick or treat, but they can get dressed up and parents can drive them around to see the scarecrows."

St Helens Scarecrow Festival will take place from Monday, October 26 to Sunday, November 1.

To take part search for St Helens Scarecrow Festival on Facebook. To donate go to bit.ly/sthscarecrowfest

Send us your St Helens Scarecrow Festival pictures

"If you’ve created a scarecrow outside your home please send us some pictures with details of who made it and where it is. We’ll be putting a special feature together in print and online showcasing your creations."

We asked for your responses - this is what you sent.

Kobi Arnold
Mr Tumble

Mr Tumble

"Hello, hello how are you"

Sue Kirkham
Wallace and Gromit created by Sue Kirkham. On display at Griffin close cul de sac Eccleston from Saturday morning.

Wallace and Gromit created by Sue Kirkham. On display at Griffin close cul de sac Eccleston from Saturday morning.

Wallace encouraging everyone to donate to Willowbrook

Wallace encouraging everyone to donate to Willowbrook

Gromit because Sue's real life dog - Polly the schnauzer is a therapy dog at Willowbrook Hospice.

Gromit because Sue's real life dog - Polly the schnauzer is a therapy dog at Willowbrook Hospice.

Sara Dolan
Boris with Emma and Barry

Boris with Emma and Barry

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Mollie-Mae Cross
Cat In The Hat 
Chandlers Way
Sutton Manor

Cat In The Hat Chandlers Way Sutton Manor

Helen Gale
Wizard of oz at broad oak road .made by helen gale

Wizard of oz at broad oak road .made by helen gale

Wizard of oz at broad oak road .made by helen gale x

Wizard of oz at broad oak road .made by helen gale x

Gemma Coates
Gem and noahs Harry Potter scarecrows

Gem and noahs Harry Potter scarecrows

Dobby!

Dobby!

Harry potter

Harry potter

Siobhan Leonard
Timothy and Daniels Stormtrooper, Eccleston

Timothy and Daniels Stormtrooper, Eccleston

Tim and Dans Stormtrooper, Eccleston

Tim and Dans Stormtrooper, Eccleston

Cath Duffy
Witch Moonbeam by Jessica Duffy age 8. Dodd Avenue

Witch Moonbeam by Jessica Duffy age 8. Dodd Avenue

joanne partington
Me and Son Jay 7 made him.
Newlove Ave Eccleston

Me and Son Jay 7 made him. Newlove Ave Eccleston

Community contributor
Boris n Trump at Spinney Green.The Nevins

Boris n Trump at Spinney Green.The Nevins

Natalie Palin
Lest we forget
New street, Sutton

Lest we forget New street, Sutton

Lauren Hughes
We tried ????????

We tried ????????

Beth Murtagh
Harry Styles visits StHelens

Harry Styles visits StHelens

Joanne Macdonald
Dia De Los Muertos by the Macdonalds in Sutton

Dia De Los Muertos by the Macdonalds in Sutton

Arnie Heaps
The headless scarecrow 

Coslett drive

The headless scarecrow Coslett drive

Carr Mill Primary School Primary
Betty and Harry made by our Nursery Class.

Betty and Harry made by our Nursery Class.

Angela Hodgson
Hodgsons Horror

Hodgsons Horror

Angela Hodgson
Hodgsons Horror

Hodgsons Horror

Sue Houghton
Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Sue Houghton
Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Pudsey Bear! The Houghtons Andromeda way #chidreninneed

Catherine Burrows
Minecraft Steve by the Burrows family. Beaumont Avenue

Minecraft Steve by the Burrows family. Beaumont Avenue

Jake Ava
Mr Pumpkin

Mr Pumpkin

Kerry Holland
Peppa Pig's ready for her Halloween Party.
Sent on behalf of Harry Jones (aged 2) Redgate Drive, St helens, WA9 1RQ

Peppa Pig's ready for her Halloween Party. Sent on behalf of Harry Jones (aged 2) Redgate Drive, St helens, WA9 1RQ

Community contributor
Billy scarecrow....bed time.....

Billy scarecrow....bed time.....

Sara Ridgway
Room on the Broom in Portreath Way

Room on the Broom in Portreath Way

Karen Bailey
These are the Scary Scarecrows from Sackville Road.

These are the Scary Scarecrows from Sackville Road.

Helen Costello
Not much social distancing going on between Boris & Chris here!

Not much social distancing going on between Boris & Chris here!

Tara Costello (aged 9) sat between 2 temporary lodgers

Tara Costello (aged 9) sat between 2 temporary lodgers

Julie Hughes
Made by Charlotte, Pike Place # it's all gone to pot

Made by Charlotte, Pike Place # it's all gone to pot

I blame lockdown

I blame lockdown

Christine Cowell
They're trying to escape! Zombie scarecrow!

They're trying to escape! Zombie scarecrow!

Community contributor
WOODY AND BUZZ SCARECROWS- 67 Perth Avenue, Thatto heath

WOODY AND BUZZ SCARECROWS- 67 Perth Avenue, Thatto heath

Kim Owens
Cruella and her dalamation

Cruella and her dalamation

Owens Family Scarecrow

Owens Family Scarecrow

Lisa Hatton
Elsa created by Olivia, Riddell way, Sutton leach

Elsa created by Olivia, Riddell way, Sutton leach

Minion created by ruby, Riddell way, Sutton leach

Minion created by ruby, Riddell way, Sutton leach

Community contributor
Selkirk drive, Eccleston 
Made by Karen,Kevin, Joe and Willow

Selkirk drive, Eccleston Made by Karen,Kevin, Joe and Willow

Gemma Cunliffe
Edward scissorhands doing his thing! ??????

Edward scissorhands doing his thing! ??????

Tom & Barbara Walsh
Our Gardeners World tribute to Monty Don

Our Gardeners World tribute to Monty Don

Monty Tom

Monty Tom

Close up

Close up

Sue Priestley
Harrison and Priestleys
Carmelite Crescent

Harrison and Priestleys Carmelite Crescent "I see no crows!"

Carol Taylor
Gene Kelly, Charlie the Schnauzer and a policeman

Gene Kelly, Charlie the Schnauzer and a policeman

Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain

Community contributor

"It's just rock n roll" Liam Gallagher in Billinge

Tom & Barbara Walsh
This is our Gardeners World themed entry for the Willowbrook Hospice fundraising  event.

This is our Gardeners World themed entry for the Willowbrook Hospice fundraising event.

This is our Gardeners World themed entry for the Willowbrook Hospice fundraising  event.

This is our Gardeners World themed entry for the Willowbrook Hospice fundraising event.

Gemma Potter
Beetle juice by Isabella Potter

Beetle juice by Isabella Potter

Beetlejuice and Isabella

Beetlejuice and Isabella

Helen Scott

"Bonecruncher" by Adam and Daniel Bridge

"Bonecruncher" by Adam and Daniel Bridge

Mark Tickle
Nightmare during Lockdown on Kiln Lane

Nightmare during Lockdown on Kiln Lane

Suzanne Riordan
Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus.

Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus.

Community contributor
Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Flossy the funny looking NHS fairy scarecrow, spreading a little fairy dust on joy in my street.

Ashley McCulley
Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Community contributor
Luigi made by William and Thomas. Pikes Bridge Fold, Eccleston.

Luigi made by William and Thomas. Pikes Bridge Fold, Eccleston.

Community contributor
Billys scary scarecrow????????
Made by Jim& his dad from wood, straw, branches o& a rugby ball for his head
Roby street 
Toll bar

Billys scary scarecrow???????? Made by Jim& his dad from wood, straw, branches o& a rugby ball for his head Roby street Toll bar

Billys scary scarecrow ????????
Made by him&his dad from wood, branches, straw o and a rugby  for his head
Roby street 
Toll bar

Billys scary scarecrow ???????? Made by him&his dad from wood, branches, straw o and a rugby for his head Roby street Toll bar

Billys scary scarecrow ????????
Made by him& his dad from wood,branches, straw o & a rugby ball for his head
Roby street
Toll bar

Billys scary scarecrow ???????? Made by him& his dad from wood,branches, straw o & a rugby ball for his head Roby street Toll bar

Billys scarecrow ????????
Made by him &his dad from wood, straw, branches o& a rugby ball for his head 
Roby Street 
Toll bar

Billys scarecrow ???????? Made by him &his dad from wood, straw, branches o& a rugby ball for his head Roby Street Toll bar

Kelly Cassidy
Meet our nurse Sister Strawlove made by the Cassidys at Broadway, Eccleston. #Not all Superheros Wear a Cape

Meet our nurse Sister Strawlove made by the Cassidys at Broadway, Eccleston. #Not all Superheros Wear a Cape

Gill Drillingcourt
Mary Popins

Mary Popins

Mary Popins

Mary Popins

The Terry's
Princess Poppy Toll ???? xx

Princess Poppy Toll ???? xx

Kiesha Smallwood
Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Room on the broom

Bev Neilson
Spiderman

Spiderman

Spiderman

Spiderman

Spiderman Ellison Drive

Spiderman Ellison Drive

Community contributor
Every bottle helps !
Made by Katie and mum in Percival Way

Every bottle helps ! Made by Katie and mum in Percival Way

Community contributor
Every bottle helps !!

Every bottle helps !!

Clare Kindred
Captain jack scarecrow, the kindred families entry to St. Helens scarecrow festival.

Captain jack scarecrow, the kindred families entry to St. Helens scarecrow festival.

Jan Jan Roberts
Captain jack sparrow on the black pearl ship at Elton Head Rd

Captain jack sparrow on the black pearl ship at Elton Head Rd

Joanne Llewellyn
My sons Dylan Reece and Carter's Halloween scarecrow

My sons Dylan Reece and Carter's Halloween scarecrow

Catherine Duggan
My children and I

My children and I

Bronty

Bronty

My daughter and bronty

My daughter and bronty

Dinosaur land

Dinosaur land