School Rudolph Runs raise £40,000 for St Luke’s Hospice

Wed 23rd January 2019 11.29AM

School Rudolph Runs raise £40,000 for St Luke’s Hospice
School children who took part in Rudolph Runs for St Luke’s Hospice have collectively raised an unbelievable £40,000 towards patient care.

Fundraisers at St Luke’s in Winsford were overwhelmed by the response to the festive fun runs with 43 schools, nurseries and Girl Guide groups signing up and hosting their own Rudolph Run in December.

Angela Slack, Community Partnerships Manager at St Luke’s Hospice, said: “Huge thanks to all the schools, nurseries and groups which organised a Rudolph Run, and to the children and their families who supported it. It is the first time we have held this festive fundraiser and we have been absolutely blown away by the response and support from the community.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think the Rudolph Runs would raise so much money for our Hospice. It has been such a joy to see photos of children taking part and having so much fun, while raising vital funds at the same time.

“More than 7,500 children took part in a Rudolph Run in December, which is just incredible. We were able to visit many of the schools to speak directly to the children about the work of St Luke’s and the difference their sponsorship money could make to patients, and we were so grateful for that opportunity.”

Throughout December, nurseries and schools were invited to host a Rudolph Run in their playground, school hall, field or local park. They were able to set the date and the distance for the children to walk or run, and each child taking part was given a Rudolph red nose and a pair of reindeer antlers to wear, and teachers were provided with Santa suits. Children were also given sponsorship envelopes and were encouraged to ask family and friends for donations.

St Michael’s Community Academy in Crewe was one of the schools which supported the festive fundraiser, with pupils and staff raising a fantastic £3606.84 at their Rudolph Run.
Mrs Rosemarie Patrick, Head of School at St Michael’s Community Academy, said: “St Luke's is a fantastic charity and many of our families have benefited from their support. It was an absolute pleasure to get involved in this event.
“Our children loved being visited by Luke the bear, the St Luke's hospice mascot, and both the children and the staff enjoyed wearing their antlers and red noses and taking part in the Rudolph Run event.”