Fun way to boost hos­pi­tal fund

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MORE than a thou­sand peo­ple – some with their four-legged friends – joined in the Hare­field Hos­pi­tal Fun Run and Fam­ily Day on Sun­day rais­ing money for the In­ten­sive Ther­apy Unit ap­peal.

AFANTASTIC turnout made this year’s Hare­field Hos­pi­tal Fun Run and Fam­ily Day a huge suc­cess as more than 1,000 peo­ple took part.

Sun­day was the 35th time the event has been held and all money raised went to the hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit.

Fundrais­ers are still in the process of cal­cu­lat­ing the amount raised but last year’s event raised a phe­nom­e­nal £54,000.

At the in­au­gu­ral Hare­field Jog in 1981, leg­endary co­me­dian Eric More­cambe fired the start­ing gun.

This year run­ners had a choice of 10 and five kilo­me­tre runs as well as a shorter walk or run.

There were also dance groups, a dis­play of mil­i­tary and vin­tage ve­hi­cles, as well as a range of food, arts and crafts.

Joe Dun­ster, com­mu­nity and events fundrais­ing man­ager for the hos­pi­tal said: “Hare­field Hos­pi­tals an­nual fun run and fam­ily day is a re­ally im­por­tant event within the char­ity cal­en­dar, not only does it help raise sig­nif­i­cant funds, it brings to­gether the whole com­mu­nity and helps pa­tients, staff and fam­i­lies cel­e­brate the amaz­ing and life-sav­ing treat­ment this unique hos­pi­tal pro­vides pro­vides.”” Pro­ceeds from the char­ity day will go to the In­ten­sive Care Unit as the hos­pi­tal tries to fund six new rooms al­low­ing for the treat­ment of 250 more pa­tients a year.

n ON TWO LEGS AND FOUR: Run­ners, some dressed in fairy wings and tu­tus, joined in the fun while help­ing to raise cash for Hare­field Hos­pi­tal

n THEY’RE OFF: And so it be­gins – run­ners be­gin their chal­lenge

n FUN DAY: Hav­ing com­pleted the run, some cel­e­brated by hav­ing their faces painted

n ARE YOU READY?: Warm­ing up be­fore the run be­gins

n HEAVE: Pulling to­gether in a tug of war con­test

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