Kersey Primary School deer-devils

St Elizabeth Hospice have launched their ‘Reindeer Run’, which sees local schoolchildren  take part in a sponsored run whilst dressed as reindeer, with Kersey Primary School the first to sign up for this year’s festive fundraiser.

The children from Kersey Primary School were given an entertaining and informative assembly from St Elizabeth Hospice partnership fundraiser, Danny Thorrington, and trainee fundraiser Megan Johnson, who were both dressed in full reindeer costume.

The hospice reindeers educated the schoolchildren about the care St Elizabeth Hospice provide, and how the money that the children raise by completing their Reindeer Run will help the charity to deliver vital services to local people living with a progressive illness.

The assembly finished with the reindeers and schoolchildren singing a short and light-hearted song about running reindeer.

This is the second year the local charity has organised their festive fundraising initiative. Last year nine schools took part in the hospice’s Reindeer Run, which raised more than £10,000 for the hospice.

Children pay £2 each to take part, and are provided with a special fundraising pack which includes sponsor forms and reindeer antlers to wear for the run, which can be as long or short as the school wishes. Each child is also asked to raise as much sponsorship as they can for the hospice.

Schools that sign up to take part in the Reindeer Run will also receive an assembly by a fundraiser from St Elizabeth Hospice, where they will explain about hospice care and how the money the school raise will help patients at Christmas time.

Mr Thorrington said: “The Reindeer Run is a great way to engage with children from an early age and educate them about what a hospice is, the services which St Elizabeth Hospice provide and how we help people in the local community.

“These events are also a great way for children to do some exercise at Christmas time whilst having some festive fun, as well as raising vital funds for the hospice to continue to provide care and support to more than 2,000 local people living with a progressive illness, as well as their families and carers.”

To find out more about the Reindeer Run, click here

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