Wyre Forest charity KEMP Hospice is celebrating after a record breaking turn out for its annual Santa Fun Run, making 2017 the event’s biggest and best year to date.
On Sunday 3 December, the charity hosted its 10th annual festive fun run event at Brinton Park in Kidderminster and a staggering 533 people registered to take part in the races, which comprised a traditional 10k run, a family 5k and a children’s 1k Santa Dash.
Registration for runners to take part had to be closed earlier due to popular demand, with the final number of registrations almost tripling the previous year’s event.
Shelley Stanley, Challenge & Events Fundraiser for KEMP Hospice said: ‘It was an incredible day with so many fantastic people coming together to help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the KEMP Hospice Santa Fun Run. Everyone taking part had an amazing day and they all really did the Wyre Forest proud! It was lovely to see so many people coming together as a community, putting on their Santa suits and putting their best foot forward to help KEMP raise money for the work we do right here in their community. Brinton Park was a sea of Santas from the morning right through to the afternoon, and the energy and enthusiasm from everyone was so inspiring. We had hoped that we would beat last year’s runner numbers but we were absolutely blown away by the number of people who signed up, more than doubling last year’s! We can’t thank them enough.’
This year the hospice was supported by local businesses and groups such as sponsor Lombard Group, The Midcounties Co-operative, Wyre Forest District Council Sports Development, Bewdley Chambermaids, Kidderminster & Stourport Athletics Club, Booker Wholesale, radio station Signal 107, LJ Fitness, National Citizen Service, The Canal & River Trust, Severn Area Rescue Association, the Mayor of Kidderminster Cllr Nicky Gale and over 60 wonderful KEMP Hospice volunteers
The annual event has been a firm fixture in the KEMP fundraising calendar since 2008 and money raised over the last decade has exceeded £160,000 with all money going towards the work of KEMP Hospice in the Wyre Forest.
The Kidderminster-based charity provides free palliative care for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as support for their families, and they also act as a bereavement hub, offering free bereavement support to all people across the Wyre Forest.