23rd May, 2018

Solihull fun run enjoys sweet success

A CHARITY enjoyed sweet success following a fun run with a difference.

Solihull’s tastiest fun run raised over £10,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Over 320 sweet-toothed runners took to Elmdon Park Nature Reserve recently to help raise vital funds for the charity.

The unique event blended exercise with indulgence, allowing participants to snack on sweet treats as they tackled the 5k challenge.

Runners were handed bars from a number of chocolate stations and received support on the sidelines from Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, to give them that extra boost to reach the finish line.

This is the third time the local hospice has hosted its Chocolate 5k in Solihull and this year was its most successful yet – with more participants raising more money than ever before.

All funds raised from the run will go towards Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, which provides care to individuals and families living with terminal illness across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Events manager Lucy Watkins said: “This year’s Chocolate 5k in Solihull was our sweetest yet and it was fantastic to see even more runners join us to help raise crucial funds for our Hospice.

“£10k is an incredible amount of money and will allow us to continue to provide expert care and support to over 1,200 local families. All of our services – whether they are provided at the Hospice, in people’s homes or in the local community – are completely free of charge and so we rely on the generosity of others to keep our Hospice running.

“I would like to thank everyone who joined us on the day – your brilliant support really will make a big difference.”

Visit www.birminghamhospice.org.uk for more information.

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