6,000 mini-Rudolphs do Rowcroft proud with first-ever fund-raising run

Torbay Weekly

Almost 6,000 local school and nursery pupils have donned their antlers and red noses to take part in the first ever Rowcroft Rudolph Run.

Rowcroft supported schools to put on the festive fundraiser like no other, not only to raise funds for the hospice but also to introduce children to the concept of hospice in an age-appropriate way.

The amount raised is to be finalised but it is expected to  be more than £10,000.

Each school picked a date, time and route that suited them and held their sponsored fun runs throughout the last few weeks of term.

With Christmas being a huge time for giving and reflection, the Rowcroft community engagement team didn’t want this opportunity to pass local youngsters by.

The team created a fun filled festive video for all to watch which has been huge hit with viewers and given staff some comic relief during these strange and uncertain times.

Georgia Brooks, from Rowcroft: "We have been so blown away by the support of our amazing community and all those taking part. This event really would not have been possible without the support of our wonderful volunteers who helped make up the 6,000 fundraising packs for children. We have been so lucky to also have the support of Inter-Line building supplies who kindly sponsored this event.

"The pandemic has not only had a big impact on our income but our ability to hold our usual fundraising activities. We knew that the event could be done regardless of the Covid situation - for example with some children taking part in their own homes if isolating etc.
"The team at Rowcroft has loved seeing the community pull together and are very optimistic that not only will this help to provide much needed funds for the hospice, but also become a lovely Christmas tradition where the hospice can join with local children and make a positive impact.”