For the seventh year running, the Chester Santa Dash is back. On 3 December the popular charity event which is held in aid of The Countess of Chester hospital and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd will take place.
Starting at the Riverside Innovation Centre Building by the River Dee, the 3.3 kilometre route will take in the best of the Chester City centre including the Eastgate clock and the Cathedral. The finish line will be on Bridge Street which, as you know is the site of our lovely Rickitt Partnership offices – who knows – the finish line might be right outside the office!
Emma is a super-keen runner, running about 5 miles three or four times a week. So the Santa dash will be an absolute breeze for her. Ralph did consider joining her but on balance decided that he would be best served cheering her on from the sidelines with fresh oranges and bottles of water. Ralph has also sponsored her (courtesy of his dad, Tim) on her virgin money giving page. If you would like to join Ralph in sponsoring Emma and supporting the two very worthy charities we would appreciate it greatly.
The Countess of Chester Charity
The Countess of Chester Charity is one of more than 300 registered charities in the UK which are associated with NHS hospitals or organisations. These charities contribute a huge amount to patient care each year. At the Countess of Chester Charity their aim is not to fund patient care, but to enhance and improve it. They provide grants for projects that are over and above those which are provided for by government funding. The Charity currently has over 80 funds within the hospital to support. Probably the best known is the Babygrow appeal which was launched in 2012 with the aim of raising £2.4 million to upgrade their Neonatal Unit.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd provides palliative care for people in the Chester area. They provide an invaluable service and support to patients and families facing life limiting illnesses. Their services are offered completely free of charge and include an in-patient unit, out-patient services, a day therapy centre as well as complimentary therapies and bereavement support. The dedicated team provide practical, emotional, social and spiritual support. Less than a third of their annual running costs are provided by government funding so they largely rely on the generosity of the local community to fund their crucial work.
On 3 December Emma is looking forward to being supported by her family and the Rickitt Partnership team as we will all be out en masse to cheer her on. By all accounts the Christmas Santa Dash will be a fabulous, fun-filled family day out. Apparently, there will be live bands performing Christmas songs along the route with some other festive surprises along the way – what fun!
If you would like to see Emma in her Santa outfit and cheer her on, she would be thrilled to see you on 3 December and she would be hugely grateful if you would like to sponsor her.
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