New venue for city’s annual Christmas family fun run

New venue for city’s annual Christmas family fun run
New venue for city’s annual Christmas family fun run

New venue for city’s annual Christmas family fun run

Caudwell Children, has announced that their annual Christmas ‘Elf Run’ will take place at a new venue this year.

The non-competitive 5km family fun run will move from Trentham Gardens to the charity’s new state-of- the-art HQ, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, located on Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5NT.

The ‘Elf Run’ will take place on Sunday 16th December, at 11.00am, and bosses at the charity are calling on families to register now to join them, in festive fancy dress, on the Christmas themed charity fun run.

Sarah Freeth, challenge and events manager at Caudwell Children, is excited about the move. As she explained: “We were terribly disappointed when last years ‘Elf Run’ had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the heavy snowfall that fell across Staffordshire.

“But now it’s back and we’re delighted to have designed a news route which starts outside our wonderful new building and then weaves its way through the Keele University Campus, before finishing in the spectacular countryside surrounding our new home.”

Sarah, says the ‘Elf Run’ is suitable for the whole family. She said: “The ‘Elf Run’ has been designed to be family friendly and the route is fully accessible for buggies and wheelchairs.

“You can run, jog, skip or simply walk around the course, and because many people dress in Elf costumes, or other Christmas outfits, there’s a fantastic, fun-filled atmosphere around the event.”

All participants will be given a FREE elf hat before the start of the race and as they cross the finishing line they will be presented with a unique ‘Elf Run’ medal.

Sarah says that the event is perfectly suited for families with disabled children. “Research shows that 78% of disabled children have no access to activities outside their home, whilst 75% of families say that their isolation has caused anxiety and depression,” she explained. “So this fully inclusive fundraising event is a great opportunity for disabled children to get out of the house and enjoy themselves.

“It will help to build their confidence and self-esteem and it will also give parents the opportunity to develop friendships and form lasting social networks.”

Sarah says that previous events have attracted families from across Staffordshire. “It’s a fantastic mix of people and we’ve had members of the general public from across the county and beyond,” she enthused: “They participated alongside beneficiaries of the charity and there was a lot of laughing, posing and selfie taking and many people tell me that the ‘Elf Run’ really kick-starts the festive season for them.

“Once again there will be prizes for the best fancy dress so I would urge people to be creative in their Christmas costume making.” 

Entry to the ‘Elf Run’ costs £15 per adult, which includes one FREE child’s place. Each additional child is £6.

Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the charity and Sarah concluded: “It’s a great day out for the family and a fantastic way to keep fit, have fun and raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, which will allow us to support even more disabled children throughout the region.”

You can find out more and register by ringing ring the Events Team on 01782 433755 or email: challenges@caudwellchildren.com

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