Runners sought to take on Bath Half Marathon for children’s hospice

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 June 2018

Children's Hospice South West has been named as the Bath Half's local charity of the year.

Children's Hospice South West has been named as the Bath Half's local charity of the year.

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A children’s charity in Wraxall is looking for 100 runners to take part in the Bath Half Marathon in aid of the cause.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in Wraxall is the 2019 Bath Half charity of the year and it is hoping to raise £60,000 from the event.

The charity, which is based in Charlton Farm, cares for children with life-limiting conditions and also provides support to their families.

Emily Mitchard, community fundraiser at CHSW, said: “We have been involved with the Bath Half Marathon since 2009 and each year we have seen the number of our charity place runners grow.

“We are very excited to be chosen as the local charity of the year and hope 2019 will be the best event yet.

“Just to put our target in context – £50,000 could pay for heat, light and power for all three of our hospices for one year, but if we raise £75,000 that could pay for 24-hour doctor care in one of our three hospices.”

CHSW comprises of Charlton Farm in Wraxall, Little Bridge House in Devon and Little Harbour in Cornwall.

The charity provides specialist palliative care, respite for the whole family, a sibling service, emergency support, end of life care and a bereavement service for as long as is needed.

Emma added: “We are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

“Our services are free to families who need us, because we believe that nothing should get in the way of very sick children receiving the very best care.”

The Bath Half attracts 16,500 runners and it is due to take place on March 17 next year.

Kayley Waller, charity director at Bath Half feels the hospice is a worthy charity to support.

She said: “CHSW is a wonderful cause which has a strong history with the race.

“Each year we choose a local charity to help support their fundraising and drive additional awareness for them.

“With so many families in the region cared for by CHSW we felt it was a perfect fit for our runners and race this year.

“We are looking forward to working with the team and help them achieve their fundraising target.”

To run in support of CHSW, visit www.chsw.org.uk/bathhalf

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