First Elf Run for Blues Skies is a festive success

Charity runners brought festive cheer to Heron's Reach when they stepped out for Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blue Skies Hospital Fund.

Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 9:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th November 2018, 10:45 am
Ready for the off!
Ready for the off!

It was the inaugural Elf Run for the charity and was supported by 60 people, all looking the part with elf suits, hats with pointy ears and red cheeks.There was a festive atmosphere as the 4.5km run got underway, which saw runners dash off in a jingle of green and red, families and children too, to raise some much needed funds.Paula Wright, of the Blue Skies fundraising team, said: “We have raised approximately £600 and there is still money coming in.“It was our first Blue Skies Elf Run and we hope to build on this event next year. “With just a month to go until Christmas Day, it was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. We were delighted to see so many families and friends embracing the occasion by dressing up as elves and jingling all the way around Heron’s Reach.”All monies raised will go towards enhancing patient care in hospitals throughout Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde.The next event takes place on December 8 with the sponsored Walkies for the Wards.

Head of Fundraising at Blue Skies Kila Redfearn thanks the elves for coming.
The inaugural Blue Skies Elf Run - Sarah Brooks, Sharon France, Cindy Greyson, Brian Jones and David Bailes. PIC BY ROB LOCK

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Families took part in the fun.
The Blue Skies Elf Run
Radio Wave presenter Steve Bradshaw with the Blue Skies fundraising team
Ready for the off are Nikki and Charlie Sneddon, Niamh and Lou Wainwright, and Lynn and Zachary Shaw.
Austin and Kourtney with a huge cuddly toy elf
Charity runners embraced the spirit of the event with colourful Elf costumes.
Runners set off for the inaugural Elf Run