Rydes Hill Prepatory School & Nursery in Guildford has kicked off Phyllis Tuckwell’s Reindeer and Elf Runs this year, with children and staff from both the Prep and Nursery classes braving the bracing weather to raise money for the Hospice Care charity.
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 either 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.
This is the fifth year that Rydes Hill School has taken part in the Reindeer Runs. The children dressed up in festive outfits and wore their reindeer antlers and flashing Ruldoph noses for their run around the school grounds.
Mrs Sarah Norville, Headteacher at Rydes Hill, said, “The Reindeer Run has become an annual tradition at Rydes Hill and the children look forward to the event every year as it marks the beginning of the festive season. We are thrilled to be able to support Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, as they rely heavily on the generosity of the local community.”
Last year 34 schools signed up to the Reindeer and Elf Runs, raising over £60,000 for local hospice care, and this year 38 schools have registered to take part. The money raised will 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. Every day it 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.
“We are delighted that our Reindeer Runs have got off to such a fantastic start,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manager at Phyllis Tuckwell. “It was lovely to see the children having so much fun, and we are looking forward to the rest of this year’s Runs.”
To find out more about supporting Phyllis Tuckwell, visit www.pth.org.uk/fundraising.