Festive fun-runs raise almost £10,000 for hospitals!

Thank you to everyone who took part in a festive fun-run to fundraise for our hospitals!

Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s Reindeer Run returned in December with a virtual twist to help raise money for our incredible NHS Heroes.

Runners from all over Dorset donned their festive gear and reindeer antlers to complete a 5km walk, jog or run at a location of their choice. For extra motivation, runners were also able to follow a signed route at Avon Heath Country Park using special signage or the Strava running app.

You have been going above and beyond throughout this pandemic to care for everyone’s loved ones and we cannot thank you enough. The Reindeer Run was just one of the ways for us to give back and show our support.

So far £5,053 has been raised by our 130 amazing reindeer runners to support the staff health and wellbeing fund. This vital funding is helping to provide additional services and items such as ongoing access to psychological support, wellbeing books in areas for positive mental health and non-perishable snacks during shifts.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout this pandemic and into the New Year.

Many people took to the streets, parks, coastal beauty points and beach promenades during December to take part in Poole Hospital’s YOUR Virtual Elf Dash 2020! Our annual Elf Dash tradition, in its 5th year, saw an array of supporters all dressed in their festive finery, signing up and enjoying the virtual event.

In addition to the many elves that dashed around the local area, we had a family who chose to complete their dash in the dark, possibly our youngest elf of just 8 months old took his parents out for a ‘dash’, and to make it even more special we had a couple who took part in a 5k dash on Christmas day!

Poole Hospital staff and their families also got involved including our Clinical Management Team who together covered an average of over 300 miles in 12 hours!

The Elf Dash alone has raised over £4,250 towards our target of £25,000 for Poole Hospital Elf Service 2020. Thanks to the success of the virtual event and the amazing support of our local community and businesses, we are now able to purchase the special items on our Christmas wish list.

Thank you to everyone who’s taken part and helped keep the festive spirit alive!

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