Look out for Santa!


08-12-2008

If you’re in Cambridge doing your Christmas shopping next Sunday (14th December) you may feel the need to take a second glance, rub your eyes or ask a passer-by for confirmation, but yes, you did actually just see hundreds of Father Christmases running past you in the street!

This year, EACH is once again holding a Santa Run in Cambridge. Last year EACH held four Santa Runs across East Anglia, which raised around £40,000 to help support and care for local life-threatened children and their families. Rachel Wright of EACH said “We held our first ever Santa Run in 2006, and since then the event has really taken off, with six runs being held across East Anglia this year. The Cambridge Santa Run was fantastic last year, so let’s make this year’s event even bigger and better!”

Everyone is welcome to become Santa for a day and help raise money for local life-threatened children and their families. The course is around 2km long, and it’s up to you whether you run, jog or walk – the emphasis is on having fun, so you don’t have to be super-fit to take part! The run starts at The Grafton at 9.30am, and finishes on Parker’s Piece. Adults are asked to get a minimum of £20 sponsorship and pay £12 to enter, which includes a free Santa suit and postage and packing. There is a special rate of £5 for under 14s which includes a Santa hat. The Grafton are once again kindly sponsoring the run this year.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) care for local life-threatened children in their own home or at one of their three hospices in Milton in Cambridge, Quidenham in Norfolk and Ipswich in Suffolk. Stephen Mullender-Lock, a new Family Support Practitioner at the Milton Hospice is taking part in the Santa Run this year. He said “As a new member of staff I wanted to get involved in all aspects of the charity's work. As EACH relies on public support for around 75% of it's income, the Santa Run seemed like a great way to get involved in fundraising - and I'm sure it'll be great fun as well!"

Enter online at www.each.org.uk, or call  01223 205180  for an entry form.

EACH aim to maximise the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs, and to support their families. Care and support is delivered in the family home or at one of the three hospices in Quidenham (Norfolk), Milton (Cambs) and Ipswich (Suffolk). Some children may only have a very short time to live, perhaps only weeks or months, others may reach early adulthood but EACH’s aim is always the same – to enhance their quality of life and support their family.

This year it is anticipated that it will cost around £5.5 million to run all three hospice services - approximately 75% of this is required from voluntary donations.

For further information about EACH please visit the website www.each.org.uk.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Rachel Wright
EACH Marketing & Communications Assistant
 01953 715537 ; rachel.wright@each.org.uk

 

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) aims to maximise the quality of life for children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and to support their families.

East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH)