250 go on the run as charity jog reaches its 25th year

Stainland Lions Boxing Day fun run. From the left, Annette Needham, Judith Greenwood, and Janet McSharry.
Stainland Lions Boxing Day fun run. From the left, Annette Needham, Judith Greenwood, and Janet McSharry.

SANTAS, elves and Minnie Mouse pulled their trainers on for a post-Christmas fund-raiser. Around 250 people took part in the Boxing Day Fun Run organised by Stainland Lions.

Runners of all ages set off from the Red Lion in Stainland on a three-mile course. It was the 25th year for the run, which was started to raise money for children’s hospice Martin House.

Since then it has collected £40,000 for the charity. This year, organisers hope to have collected between £1,000 and £1,500 and will be splitting the proceeds between Martin House and the newly-built Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Lions president Colin Hughes said: “The reason we give to children’s hospices is because Christmas is for children. People take part in the run to burn off a few calories, enjoy the raffle and have a family day out.”

Among the runners were cousins Imogen Castelow, 13, and Abigail Barker, who were taking part alongside five other family members.