Venue and entertainers will make Elf Run a success
Bosses at Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, say that facilities at their new state-of-the-art HQ, together with an array of child friendly entertainment, will make this year’s annual Elf Run the most exciting and successful yet!
The non-competitive 5km fundraising family fun run will take place at 11.00am on Sunday 1st December, 2019, with runners setting off from the Caudwell International Children’s Centre, located 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.
“This year we’ve really pushed the boat out to make it a perfect family friendly event,” explained Kate Sherwin from Caudwell Children. “For the first time our superb new centre will be open to runners and as you would expect from a disabled children’s charity our fully accessible changing facilities will be perfect for disabled and non-disabled participants alike.
“But not only that The Happy Donkey Company are providing a loving, cute, cuddly donkey for the day and children will be able to pet and feed the adorable animal.
“We’ve also secured the services of the Anima Choir, and they’ll provide some beautiful Christmas carols that will really kick start the Yuletide season.
“And for older children, and most of the adults, North Staffs Stormtroopers will be in attendance, bringing an imperial presence to the day.
“The force is definitely going to be with us this year!”
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 ‘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, 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.
Kate says that the event is perfectly suited for families with disabled children. She said: “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.
“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.”
Kate says that previous events have attracted families from across Staffordshire, East Shropshire and South Cheshire. “It’s a fantastic mix of people and we’ve welcomed runners from across the county and beyond,” she explained: “Runners participate alongside beneficiaries of the charity and it’s guaranteed that there will be a lot of laughing, posing and selfie taking.
“Many people repeatedly tell me that the ‘Elf Run’ really kick-started 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 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.