Dozens of schools across the Fylde Coast have signed up to take part in the first ever Reindeer Run for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.
Pupils and teachers will be doing quirky Christmas-themed exercise activities to raise money for our campaign, which will help pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
We’re aiming to raise £200,000, which will be put together with a grant of £280,000 from the Department of Health to create single rooms at Trinity Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, replace some of the hospice’s original 28-year-old features and create more private spaces.
At Brian House, the rooms will be made brighter and safer and the kitchen will be made more open for the older children to learn to cook.
The work in both hospices will make sure they are fit not just for now, but for the future.
For just £2, children will receive a flashing nose and antlers, and then it’s up to them how they go about raising more money to become Hospice Heroes.
Trinity’s community fund-raiser Lisa Martin said; “We want all schools in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre to take part.
“So far, the schools have really embraced the Reindeer Run and coming up with some really different ideas to raise money for us.
“Some are even taking a step further, and are involving the teachers and having the children sponsor them.
“This is just something fun schools can get involved in to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Taking part in the run...
To take part in the Reindeer Run, participating schools can pick any exercise activity, whether it’s walking, running or something else entirely, to carry out, and on whatever day they feel is best.
Lisa said: “It’s all about doing something fun and different to raise money for The Gazette’s appeal.
“We’ve got teams walking around the school grounds, running around playgrounds and all sorts.
The aim is to raise £3,000 from the Reindeer Run, and anything more than that would be amazing.
“We’ve always had fantastic support from our primary schools. Anything anyone can do would be amazing.”
Already 17 primary schools or cub packs have signed up for the run.
To register for the Reindeer Run, contact Lisa on (01253) 359388 or firstname.lastname@example.org so she can send Reindeer packs out.