A MUM-of-two from Solihull is calling all budding Father Christmases to join in a virtual festive fundraiser in aid of two Birmingham hospices.
The Jingle Bell Jog will see Santas across the city completing their own sponsored 2.5k, 5k or 10k runs in their local area, on a day of their choice this December.
The festive challenge is raising funds for The Hospice Charity Partnership, which formed from Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices.
Kerry Smyth is taking part in memory of her mom, Sheila, who was cared for by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.
She said: “The hospice did an amazing job at looking after my mom and my family through a very difficult time.
“We were supported as a family throughout her stay. Even my son Kai, who at the time was only four.
“I also had my daughter Jessie Rose during the time mom was there too and the staff made it so special for my mom to meet her new granddaughter.
“When the time came for my mom to leave us, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice gave us a family room so it was comfortable for her last days, and it was a special place for me and my family.
“I was able to have time with her, the space to say everything I needed to and to be with her the whole time.”
Kerry and her children will be taking on the festive challenge to raise vital funds to help both hospices provide expert care to people and their families living with life-limiting illnesses across Birmingham and Sandwell.
“I hope that completing the jog will raise awareness of the great support and care offered with in the hospice, and be lots of fun too!” added Kerry.
To do your own Jingle Bell Jog for The Hospice Charity Partnership, register and order your suit for £10 from: www.birminghamhospice.org/jingle-bell-jog