A Lichfield mum is calling on runners, walkers and their four-legged friends to get into the Christmas spirit at the annual Rudolph Run event.

The festive fundraiser, taking place in the Tamworth Castle grounds on 8th December, will see hundreds of supporters – many in fancy dress – stepping out to help Whittington-based St Giles Hospice.

Mandy Bates (left) taking part in last year’s Rudolph Run with her daughters Chloe and Abbie

Mandy Bates, from Stonnall, took part in last year’s Rudolph Run with her daughters just weeks after her mother-in-law Kathleen died at the hospice.

“The care she received from St Giles was outstanding,” Mandy said. “The staff there are all angels.

“If we wanted something, someone was there straight away and her dignity was uppermost. You just couldn’t fault their care.

“She didn’t like the idea of going into St Giles at first but, after a couple of days, she relaxed and realised she was being well looked after so she was content. It was more compassionate care than just the medical care she’d received before.

“We were so glad she was able to be at St Giles for the last two weeks of her life.

“We did the Rudolph Run because we wanted to give something back for the amazing care she received.

“It was a great day and we all really enjoyed it.”

The festive event has the option of either a 3km or 6km route.

St Giles Hospice events manager Chloe Herbert said: “The Rudolph Run is a real highlight of our calendar at St Giles – it’s a fun, colourful event which really makes people feel that Christmas is on its way.

“We love to see whole families and teams of friends or co-workers turning up dressed as elves, Santas and snowmen, which really adds to the fun.

“It’s a lovely atmosphere and everyone who takes part will receive a finisher’s medal and festive treats.”

The Rudolph Run is open to people of all ages. The event is pushchair and wheelchair friendly and all dogs are welcome on a lead. Ticket prices are £15 for adults, £10 for children aged 5-15 years and £2 for under-fives.

To register for the event, which begins at 10am, visit www.stgileshospice.com/rudolph-run.

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