Children dressed as reindeers running around their school grounds have helped raise a staggering £10,000 for our Hospice Heroes campaign.
And it isn’t only children who can take credit for raising so much money through last year’s Reindeer Run, as teachers were quick to get involved as well.
A total of 21 schools took part in the event, which was held throughout December and ran alongside the Santa Dash, which saw thousands of people running along Blackpool’s Promenade to raise cash for our appeal.
The money will be put towards our Hospice Heroes campaign, which is raising money for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
Trinity’s fund-raising manager Linzi Young said the total – which includes £6,000 already collected and a further £4,000 pledged – had taken Trinity staff by surprise.
She said: “Our Reindeer Run far surpassed our expectations.
“Hundreds of children and their teachers took part with great enthusiasm.
“The amount raised has passed our initial target and has raised over £10,000 so far, we couldn’t be happier.
“It’s was our first Reindeer Run and we hope to have many more in the future.
“A big thanks to everyone who got involved and took part.”
We are aiming to raise £200,000 for the refurbishment, which includes creating single rooms in Trinity’s day unit and building areas of privacy and dignity.
At Brian House, the rooms will be made brighter and safer.