ONE of Acorns' most dedicated fundraisers will be remembered on Sunday when the Three Counties Harness Race is re-named the Kath Shellam Memorial Harness Race.

Kath, who died in September last year, was instrumental in setting up the first race to raise funds for Acorns Hospice.

"When we first started out with the idea of raising money for Acorns, it was Kath's dream to raise enough money to equip one room at the hospice," said her husband, Dave Shellam.

"When we raised enough money for two, we were over the moon."

Top competitors from across the UK will join entrants from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, with organisers hoping for more than 100 entries on the day.

At the racetrack near Leominster, qualifiers' races start at 1pm, with the first race at 2pm and a children's harness race at 4pm. Entry is £6 per person, including race card, under-14s free. To ensure safety, visitors are asked not to bring dogs.

Meanwhile, four-legged beasts of a different kind feature in another Acorns fundraiser taking place next year - a Lapland trail through icy landscapes, snowy forests and mountainous terrain.

Acorns is now looking for adventurous, active and committed individuals who would like to take part as "mushers" leading a team of huskies on the trail.

"This is the most exciting expedition we have organised," said Laura Thompson, Acorns' International Trek Officer.

The trail takes place from March 25 to April 1, 2006. Would-be mushers will need to raise £3,500 in sponsorship.

Anyone interested in joining the Lapland Trail can call Laura on 0121 248 4802.