Over 10,400 local children dressed up in reindeer antlers or elf hats for Phyllis Tuckwell’s Reindeer and Elf Runs over the festive season, raising over £83,000 for local Hospice Care!

In total 44 schools took part in these sponsored runs, which are held every year in the lead-up to Christmas. All of the money raised helps fund the supportive and end of life care which Phyllis Tuckwell provides for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the pupils who took part in a Reindeer or Elf Run, all of the teachers and parents who organised the Runs and cheered the children on, and everyone who sponsored them,” said Charli Quay-Barnham, Community Fundraising Manger at Phyllis Tuckwell. “As the NHS/Government usually only covers 20% of our costs, we have to raise over £25,000 a day to be able to provide all our services, which we offer free of charge to our patients and their families, and the Reindeer and Elf Runs contribute significantly to this.”

£83,000 is enough to pay for over three weeks’ care from Phyllis Tuckwell’s Hospice Care at Home (HCAH) team, supporting over 40 patients over those three weeks. The HCAH team visits patients who have chosen to spend their last days in the familiarity and comfort of their own home or care home, offering compassionate nursing care and emotional support.

To find out more about how schools can get involved with supporting Phyllis Tuckwell, or if your school would like to join the 2022 Reindeer Runs, please email fundraising@pth.org.uk or call 01252 729446.