Ho Ho Hospice Run - a huge success!
A group of speedy Santa’s and platoon of penguins raced their way around Tonbridge School Centre grounds on Sunday 26th November. The fundraising event, to raise vital funds for local charity Hospice in the Weald, was a site to behold! More than 300 people took part in the event dressed in either a Santa or penguin costume.
The fun festive 5km run was the second the charity has hosted. Event lead Matt Hobson said, “The event was a wonderful success. It was great to see so many people from the community we serve joining with families and friends to support their local Hospice whilst having so much fun. The atmosphere was amazing.
“Huge thanks goes to the event sponsor Fidelity International and Tonbridge School Centre for letting us host the event on their grounds. Thanks also to Adventure Dogs Productions and Rose Bainbridge Photography for their support, as well all of our staff and volunteers who gave up their time to help at the event.”
On completion of the run participants were rewarded with a certificate, mulled wine and mince pies.
Sarah Raine who took part in the event said: “It was such a fun day out for my family. My children aged 15, 12 and 6 all enjoyed the day so much. The costumes were incredible and we were not only surrounded by other families of all ages but dogs too!”
Hospice in the Weald say the successful event will return next year.
Rob Woolley, Hospice in the Weald CEO said, “For many of the patients and families who are currently being cared for by Hospice in the Weald, this Christmas is likely to be the last they spend together. So the Hospice staff and volunteers will be working hard, as they do every year, to ensure that the memories of Christmas will be very special. Nurses will be going out to visit patients in their own homes on Christmas Day. The Counselling Support Service will provide psychological and emotional support to patients and their families. And our own catering team will be laying on a superb lunch for every patient and visitor in the Hospice on Christmas Day. Each and every one of us at Hospice in the Weald will aim to ensure that, at what can be a very difficult time for patients and their relatives, the memories will be rewarding ones.
As we are a charity, not part of the NHS, we can only do this, thanks to the funds raised at events such as the Ho Ho Hospice Run. Thank you so much to everyone who participated. We are committed to ensuring that 90p in every £1 we raise goes directly to patient, family and carer support and care.”