Calling all running heroes: Hospice Mini Marathon for children returns to Royal Greenwich Park

Categories: Fundraising.

Mark the date in your diary because Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s flagship Mini Marathon will return to Royal Greenwich Park on Sunday 8 May. The charity is appealing to local families to show their support by taking part in this fun-filled and energetic running event.

This popular community event is a key date in the Hospice’s annual fundraising calendar. It gives running heroes the opportunity to get active and have fun, taking on the 2.62-mile route with friends or siblings. All sponsorship raised will help to provide care to people with a terminal illness and their families, in the boroughs of Royal Greenwich and Bexley.

The Hospice Mini Marathon is now in its 9th year and is open to children aged 5 to 16 and of all abilities. They can run, walk or jog the route and younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

Great day out for the whole family

Sponsored by JLL, there will be prizes for the best fancy dress costume on the day, as well as performances from the Rock Choir and appearances from the Pearly Queen of Greenwich, the Pearly King of Woolwich and the Pearly Princess.

Hospice Events Manager Augusta Adu, said: “We’re delighted that the Hospice Mini Marathon is back again in 2022. After such a difficult two years, it will be incredible to fill Royal Greenwich Park once again. We begin at the Bandstand where hundreds of charity runners start their own London Marathon journey so it’s an iconic and inspiring location for our own Hospice Mini Marathon.

“This is such an important event for the Hospice – not only because it is a great day out for the family, but it’s so heart-warming to see hundreds of children rising to the challenge and helping to make a difference in their community. The look of determination and achievement on their faces as they cross the finish line and receive their medal is the highlight of the day.”

Megan Boyle, Head of Fundraising at the Hospice, said: “Events like the Mini Marathon make such a huge difference to the people we care for.

“Our Hospice team ensures people with a terminal illness and their families have the practical and emotional support they need. Hospice care is about creating memories with loved ones, support when facing difficult choices and it’s about living life to the fullest. Your support brings this very special kind of care to families when they need it most – and we couldn’t do it without you.”

Registration for the Hospice Mini Marathon is now open and will close on Tuesday 3 May. To find out more and to sign up your running hero, visit


Photo caption: Football teams take part in the Hospice mini-marathon. 

About Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice:

– Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is a local charity dedicated to providing free, high-quality palliative care and support to local people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, their families and professional carers.

– They are a leading provider of specialist palliative care, support and education in the two boroughs and have been rooted in the community for over 25 years.

– Patients can access services through the Hospice at Home service, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich), the 19-bed inpatient unit in Abbey Wood, and in community care homes.

– Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice supports patient wellbeing and provides physical, emotional, social, spiritual and psychological care and guidance to support individuals to be prepared, without fear or anxiety and to live independently for as long as possible. Care extends to the loved ones and carers of the patient. 

– The Hospice relies on retail sales, fundraising and donations to deliver its vital work in the community and to lead the way in clinical practice and so continues to drive forward the development of positive partnerships with a wide range of supporters within the community.

– The Hospice aims to raise £5 million every year and run fundraising events throughout the year.

– Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice has 16 retail stores across the two boroughs.

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