Reindeers and Elves Support Hospice Care

Reindeers and Elves Support Hospice Care

Local charity Phyllis Tuckwell would like to say a big thank you to all of the pupils and teachers who took part in its Reindeer and Elf Runs over the festive season. 34 schools signed up to the Runs, which took place at schools across Surrey and Hampshire. So far they have raised over £45,400 for local Hospice Care – with more sponsor money still coming in!

Held every year in the lead-up to Christmas, the Reindeer and Elf Runs are sponsored events which raise money to help fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. Schoolchildren dress up as reindeer with antlers and flashing red noses, or elves with elf hats and ears, and are sponsored to run laps of their school playgrounds or playing fields.

“We would like to thank all of the pupils who took part in a Reindeer or Elf Run this year, all of the teachers who organised the Runs and cheered the children on, and everyone who sponsored them,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “As the NHS/Government only covers 20% of our costs, we have to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to provide all our services, which we offer free of charge to our patients and their families, and the Reindeer and Elf Runs contribute significantly to this. This amazing sum of money could fund our Day Services for a whole month, providing patients with a weekly visit to the Hospice or Beacon Centre, where they can take part in our Living Well sessions, speak to doctors, receive nursing care, attend therapy sessions, talk to a counsellor or chaplain, and meet others in a similar situation.”

To find out more about how schools can get involved with supporting Phyllis Tuckwell, please email fundraising@pth.org.uk