Secondary school pupils, Ruby and Talulla, whose mum, Sharon, was cared for by Princess Alice Hospice, are donning their best Elf outfits and taking part in this year’s Santa Fun Run in Bushy Park, helping to raise much needed funds for the local charity.
Ruby, age 15, said:
“I’m doing the Santa fun run to give back to the people at Princess Alice Hospice who gave so much to us when they cared for my mum.”
Ruby and Talulla, with their dad Manek, attend the Hospice’s Dovetail bereavement group regularly, which provides creative activities and the opportunity for children, young people and their parents or carers to share their own experiences with other people who have also lost a loved one.
Manek said: “The Santa fun run is a joyful way to mark my wife Sharon’s passing at the end of November 2020 and I know she would be really pleased to see us raising money for the Hospice. They do so much for the local community and those who are impacted by losing loved ones.”
The Hospice is organising two 5k runs in Bushy Park on 4 and 11 December, both starting at 10.30am. If running isn’t quite your thing, you can jog, walk, or skip, it’s entirely up to you. You can choose to dress up as Santa or in your own fancy dress. Bring the buggy and the dog along, too!
The festive season is fast approaching and we’re aiming to get 1,000 Santas signed up to our fun runs this year – why not get your festive celebrations off to a great start by getting your family and friends to join the fun, too?
It costs the Hospice more than £10m every year to provide outstanding end of life care to the local community, free of charge. Their care area covers 600sq miles and includes approximately one million people.
For information on how to join in the festive fun, visit www.pah.org.uk/santafunrun.
Princess Alice Hospice: For Compassion. For Excellence. For People. For Living.
Princess Alice Hospice has, for more than 35 years, provided free, high-quality, specialist end of life care to tens of thousands of people across a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex. Today, at any one time, Hospice nurses, doctors and other specialist staff are looking after more than 900 people in need. The Hospice’s mission is to reach out to even more people by delivering outstanding care to those that need it. To enable us to do this, we must rely on the commitment and support of our communities who help us to raise vital funds.
£10.1 million is needed each year to provide our vital services. With limited NHS funding provided by CCGs, which represents circa 24% of our expenditure on charitable activities, in more normal times, the balance is raised through legacies, fundraising, dedicated shop units and investments. It is only the generous support of our communities and beyond, that makes it possible to do our work.