Oh what fun it is to run in Rennie Grove Hospice’s annual Jingle Bell Jog

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 November 2017

Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog.

Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog.

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Rennie Grove Hospice Care’s annual festive fundraiser is set to return to St Albans high street on Sunday December 3.

Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog. Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog.

Hundreds of families, friends and work colleagues will don seasonal attire to run, jog or walk the 5k Jingle Bell Jog and 1.5k Reindeer Run, starting at Waterend Barn, St Peter’s Street, and sponsored by St Albans-based company Blanco.

This cracker of an event is open to young families and seasoned runners alike. Over 10s and more experienced runners may choose to take on the 5k Jingle Bell Jog, complete with full Santa suit and beard while the fabulously fun 1.5k Reindeer Run, topped off with reindeer antlers is a stable favourite for all ages. All participants will receive a medal and a mince pie when they cross the finish line.

Whilst runners make their way to the start line, spectators can keep warm with a hot chocolate and a boogie to some well-known Christmas tunes, thanks to Heart Radio who will be keeping the motivation and atmosphere going on the day.

Fundraising and marketing director Gillian Barnett said: “The Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run offers something for everyone. It really captures the Christmas spirit and brings families together during the festive period and that’s especially fitting because the money raised helps keep local patients at home with their families throughout what might be their last Christmas together.”

Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog. Rennie Grove Jingle Bell Jog.

Rennie Grove provides care and support to local patients with cancer and other life-limiting illness and their families. Through a range of day services at Grove House, a 24/7 responsive hospice at home service and support services for carers and family members, the charity makes it possible for patients to choose to stay at home surrounded by their families and friends, something that is especially important at Christmas. 86 per cent of the money needed to run the service every year is generously donated by the local community by supporting events like this which is why raising sponsorship is so vital to the charity.

Sign up for your festive good deed today and join this year’s Jingle Bell Jog and Reindeer Run in St Albans: www.renniegrove.org/jinglebelljog

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