27 November 2017

Reindeer runners raise funds

A bright winter’s day saw a herd of human reindeer set off on a 2k run, canter and stroll around Chesham all raising funds for Rennie Grove Hospice Care at its inaugural Reindeer Run in the town.

Hannah and Chris Marsh from Chesham were running with nephews Sam (8) andHannah and Chris Marsh George (5) whose Mum was there to cheer them on and look after Walter the dog.  Hannah said, “Rennie Grove nurses looked after my Dad before he passed away in 2006 and they were very supportive and helped me through a difficult time.”

 Also taking part were Helen Lanfear from Little Chalfont who was running with her boys George (5) and Archie (3) Zahra.  This was Archie’s first run and Mum Helen gamely gave him a piggy back ride across the finish line.  “A 2k run is ideal for children,” said Helen.

First time fun runners Josie May Vidal (5) and her Mum, Becci Clarke were excited to be taking part and later looked thrilled as she crossed the finish line.

 Buoyed up by festive tunes courtesy of The Amersham Band, the runners donnedstart reindeer run reindeer antlers and special edition T-shirts while showing off their artistically painted faces before setting off on their route. Sponsors GB Foam also supplied reindeer-shaped sponges for every runner to remember the day by.  To help them get into their stride they had a high-energy warm up led by a team member from Gym Group, Hemel Hempstead.

 Then they were off!

Cheered on by enthusiastic spectators, the runners followed a course that took themreindeer run mum and daughter from the bandstand in Lowndes Park, across St Mary’s Way, along the pedestrianised High Street then back into the park to complete a lap before ending up back at the bandstand.

The runners were met by an enthusiastic cheering squad applauding their excellent efforts before being awarded with a carrot-shaped medal to mark their achievement.

Successfully completing the run were five members of the same family.  Julie Tysoe along with her sister, brother in law and nephews travelled to the run from Luton.  “We wanted to get together to do a Christmas run and this was a date we could all make,” Julie explained.

Gillian Barnett, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Rennie Grove Hospice Care said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all those who took part in our first Reindeer Run in Chesham.  Everyone looked as if they were having a good time and the band made sure that this was a great start to this year’s Christmas festivities.  The money raised by sponsoring people who get involved in our events is crucial to Rennie Grove as it means we can continue providing care and services that keep people with life-limiting illness at home with their families and friends, which is especially important at this time of year.”

Rennie Grove’s Hospice at Home nurses make over 20,000 visits every year to patients in their homes providing practical nursing care and support for families and making it possible for patients to choose to stay at home.

View all the photos from the day here.