Press release: 28 November 2011
For immediate release
A 27 year old father of one from Chard is spreading festive cheer throughout the West Country by signing up to take part in three of CHSW’s Santas on the Run events.
Phil Reynolds will be donning his Santa suit at the 2k fun runs taking place in Bath (1 Dec), Bristol (4 Dec) and Wells (11 Dec). He will be joined by hundreds of people taking to the streets in each of these scenic cities dressed in Santa suits to raise awareness and much needed funds for Children’s Hospice South West.
Phil, Relationship Manager at Crewkerne based company, Kwintessential said: “Taking part in three of CHSW’s Santas on the Run events will certainly be a memorable start to the festive season. CHSW is one of Kwintessential’s chosen charities and I’ve also taken part in a corporate challenge and a firewalk in support of the charity this year. It’s great to be able to enjoy so many different experiences whilst raising money for such an amazing cause.”
Sophie Crossman, events fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West said: “We are really grateful to Phil for all the support he has shown us throughout the year. He will certainly be in Santa’s good books this Christmas! If anyone else out there fancies joining an event with a festive difference there is still time to sign up.
To support Phil please donate at Kwintessential’s CHSW page.
To register for Santas on the Run please visit www.chsw.org.uk/santas or call 01275 866 600. All runners must register in advance as it will not be possible to register on the day.
Entry is just £10.00 per adult and just £5 for children and your Santa suit is included!
Notes to editors:
Santas on the Run: Santas on the Run is a national series of fun runs in Santa costume, organised by children’s hospices and Children’s Hospices UK, working in partnership. Details of all the events can be found on the website www.santasontherun.org.uk
Children’s Hospice South West
- Chief Executive Eddie Farwell and his late wife Jill who had two life-limited children set up the charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), in 1991 and opened the first children’s hospice in the South West, Little Bridge House in Barnstaple, in September 1995.
- CHSW is the only organisation in the South West providing hospice care to life-limited children and their families, in a hospice environment, from across the South West; from South Gloucester, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
- Little Bridge House very quickly became oversubscribed and CHSW opened their second hospice, Charlton Farm, near Bristol in April 2007.
- Charlton Farm offers a real home from home environment, including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun and a jacuzzi for relieving stiff joins and muscle spasms. Not forgetting the beautiful gardens that surround the house including the Sunken Retreat (based on JRR Tolkien’s book The Hobbit) which opened in October 2009.
- At Charlton Farm there are 8 child-friendly bedrooms that have minimal medical equipment and are decorated with favourite books, toys and DVDs for each child who stays. There is lovely accommodation for the rest of the family too.
- There are around 30 staff on the care team at Charlton Farm. Half are Registered Sick Children’s Nurses, the others come from a variety of backgrounds and include teachers, nursery nurses, play specialists, social workers and physios.
- CHSW has reached the Precious Lives Appeal target of £5 million to build a third children’s hospice in Cornwall, Little Harbour. We can now continue to fundraise to fit out and furnish the hospice and raise funds towards running costs.
- Little Harbour will open its doors to the first families in December.
For further information please contact Zoe Mason, Press Officer for Children’s Hospice South West, on 01275 866600 or please email [email protected]