Stormtroopers to attend annual charity Elf Run
Bosses at Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that a squad of stormtroopers is to attend their annual Elf Run, in Keele, on Sunday 1st December, 2019.
The non-competitive 5km fundraising fun run, which starts at 11.00am, will see participant’s setting off from the charity’s new HQ, the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, based on Innovation Way, Keele Science & Innovation Park, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 5NT.
Runners will then follow a route that weaves its way through the Keele University Campus before finishing in the spectacular countryside that surrounds the charity’s new home.
And this year the North Staffs Stormtroopers will be bringing their intimidating, galactic, presence to the event as they march behind the runners encouraging charitable donations!
Formed in March 2019 by Adrian Sullivan, from Trent Vale, the group support many charities and good causes in Staffordshire, and they are keen to bring an imperial presence to this year’s Elf Run.
“We know all about Caudwell Children and the invaluable support that they give to disabled children in Stoke-on-Trent and throughout Staffordshire,” explained Adrian, a former soldier in the Staffordshire Regiment. “We’re out pretty much every weekend supporting good causes and when the charity approached us and asked if we could attend the Elf Run, to add some Hollywood magic to the event, we jumped at the chance.”
Kate Sherwin, from Caudwell Children is delighted to have secured the services of the armoured fighters, recognised around the world for their distinctive battle dress. “They look stunning and they will attract the attention of children and adults alike,” she enthused. “I have to say they look quite frightening but they’re so well-known I think people will be more intrigued by them than scared of them.
“It’s a great addition to the event and we’ve really pushed the boat out this year to make it a perfect family friendly day.”
Kate was delighted when Adrian informed her that there would be no cost for the Stormtroopers to attend the Elf Run. As she explained: “I couldn’t believe it when he told me that all their work with charities is for free.
“It’s such a great resource to have locally and it will make a big difference to the success of the event as a whole.
“Who wouldn’t want a picture taken with a stormtropper, and by making a donation for the privilege those wanting photographs will boost the charity coffers raised on the day.”
Adrian, aged 45, says that the professional nature of the service reassures the charities that they work with. He said: “We have complied with all the copyright requirements to use the outfits and all our team are DBS checked so that they can work with children and young people.
“The team can’t wait to attend the Elf Run as it will support local disabled children, and those with additional needs, at an important time in the year.”
The Caudwell International Children’s Centre will be open to runners on the day allowing disabled participants to use their fully accessible changing facilities.
“The Happy Donkey Company will be bringing along a loving, cute, cuddly donkey for the day and children will be able to pet and feed the adorable animal,” said Kate. “We’ve also secured the services of the Pepper Street Performing Arts Choir, and they’ll provide some beautiful Christmas carols that will really kick start the Yuletide season.”
Popcorn and candy floss will also be available and catering will be provided by 5 star rated Mint Catering, who specialise in retro and modern menus featuring Steak Burgers, Sirloin Steak Sandwiches, Salt and Pepper Chicken, Cajun Chicken and Chicken New Yorker!
The charity is now calling on individuals, families and corporate companies to register on the Christmas themed event that sees many runners participating in festive fancy dress.
Kate says the Elf Run is suitable for the whole family. As she explained: “The event 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, Yuletide 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.
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 Kate 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 online here or you can ring the Events Team on 01782 433755.
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s Challenge Events here.