Festive Fun Runs For Phyllis
In December, around 500 people ran, walked or jogged Phyllis Tuckwell’s Santa & Elf fun runs, to raise money for local Hospice Care. As well as offering routes for adults, kids and four-legged friends, the runs also included a shorter circuit for toddlers, with the introduction of Santa’s Little Helpers runs at two of the fun run locations.
The runs were held in Hindhead on Sunday 1st December, where the festive fundraisers followed a circular route around the beautiful Devil’s Punch Bowl; in Godalming on Saturday 14th December, starting at The Pepperpot in the town centre; and in Farnborough on Sunday 15th December, starting and finishing at the Wavell School.
With adults dressed as Santa, and kids and toddlers sporting elf ears, the fun runs were a fabulously festive event. Both the Godalming and Farnborough fun runs also offered Santa’s Little Helpers runs for toddlers, who took part in their own version of the main runs dressed as elves, and everyone who took part in any of the runs received a medal at the end.
“Our Santa & Elf runs have been hugely popular as always,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We don’t have a final figure yet as sponsorship money is still coming in, but so far they have raised over £11,000, which could fund our Living Well service for a whole week. Our Living Well team cares for patients who need help with every day activities, and offers therapies, advice and nursing care to help them cope with the symptoms of their illness and improve their quality of life.”
Every day, Phyllis Tuckwell supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers – in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford – through medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support. However, as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this. If you would like to find out more about fundraising for Phyllis Tuckwell, please visit www.pth.org.uk/fundraising.