Pupils ready for Reindeer Dash

ReindeerRun organiser Emma Hornby leads a practice run round the playground.
ReindeerRun organiser Emma Hornby leads a practice run round the playground.
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Father Christmas would be proud of these little reindeers, preparing to run and raise money for The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign.

The children from St John Vianney Catholic Primary School, from reception up to Year Six, are warming up for the Reindeer Dash.

They’re hoping taking part in a simple but fun exercise activity will inspire donations to the appeal.

Hospice Heroes is working to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

The cash will be put together with a £280,000 grant from the Department for Health to revamp the facilities, on Low Moor Road, Bispham, for its biggest refurbishment since opening in 1985.

Children from primary schools across the Fylde coast have signed up to the Reindeer Dash, agreeing to take part in an exercise activity either in their playgrounds or local parks, to raise money for the campaign.

Emma Hornby, reception teacher at St John Vianney school, on Glastonbury Avenue, has not only organised for hundreds of children at the school take part in the Reindeer Dash, but also dozens of youngsters at 1st Bispham Cubs and Scouts.

She said: “I think it’s really important we promote helping others. It’s a way of giving back to our community and it’s to do something so vital.

“Hospice Heroes is an ambitious campaign but having that high profile will make sure the hospice can do what it does.”

Miss Hornby was touched by the work of Trinity Hospice when her grandfather, Wilf Wright, was treated there in the finals days of his life.

And after his death the hospice continued to care for her grandmother, Pat, allowing her to attend the day unit to meet friends.

She added: “If us raising money can help other families like my own then that’s just great to know.”

Hospice Heroes will help pay for single occupancy rooms in Trinity Hospice and more private areas, offering dignity to patients and families. In Brian House the money will go towards making bedrooms brighter and safer for children.