Amazement as reindeer run trots out a fantastic £22,000
RUDOLPH and his reindeer mates may well and truly have flown from our skies for another year, but staff and patients at East Cheshire Hospice have just received the perfect present.
The pennies and pounds from the ever-popular Reindeer Run have just been counted and have tallied up to a grand total of £22,000 for the charity.
More than 3,000 people from schools and groups across east Cheshire took part in the event – all donning reindeer antlers and red noses for their own tailor-made sponsored run or walk.
A total of 17 schools, pre-schools, primary and secondary, took part along with troupes of Scouts and Brownies and even the hardened runners of Macclesfield Harriers joined in the fun.
Contributors included all the pupils and staff at Ivy Bank Primary School in Valley Road who ran round their school running pitch and even managed to have their own real life reindeer in attendance.
Community fundraiser at the hospice, Leah Goodhind, said she was completely amazed by the response to the event: “I was blown away by the amount of money raised.
“We are incredibly grateful to all the schools, pre-schools and groups that took part.
“As a local charity, we rely on donations and fundraising to pay for over 80 per cent of our costs, so all the money raised will make a real difference to our patients and their families.”
And already the team are planning this year’s Christmas event with some exciting new changes.
●● Pupils from Ivy Bank Primary School were among the many to take part in the East Cheshire Hospice Reindeer Run