Jingle all the way

Around 450 people ‘jingled’ in Buxton to raise cash for High Peak’s Blythe House Hospicecare and they were all in Santa suits and other fancy dress.

It was the charity’s annual Jingle Bell Jog with the 370 adults and 70 children between them pledging more than £11,000 for the Chapel-en-le-Frith charity.

It was centred on Pavilion Gardens and proved a fantastic sight for the dozens of well-wishing onlookers. 

Money from online donations is already in totalling more than £4,180, but with the addition of cash sponsorship and registration fees, the jog is set to raise more than £11,000. 

Joggers have until January 10 to collect their sponsorship money before the grand total is revealed.  

Sophie Hopkin, from Whaley Bridge, who took part alongside two friends in memory of her mum Allison, said: “My mum wanted to go to Blythe House but sadly didn’t get chance as she died within three weeks of her lung cancer diagnosis. 

“The hospice has supported me with counselling since she died in April, so I just wanted to give something back.”

David Fearn from Burbage took part in last year’s event with his wife, Lynn and they turned out again. 

He explained: “My wife goes to Blythe House every Wednesday. She has suffered from cancer in the past and has got other illnesses. The staff and everyone there are fantastic, this is just our little way of saying thank you and helping the cause.” 

Blythe House provides care and support to local patients who have life-limiting illnesses including cancer, COPD, heart failure and neurological conditions. 

Jennifer Godwin, fundraising and events co-ordinator at Blythe House, said: “I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who was involved in the Jingle Bell Jog in any capacity, for ensuring it was such a huge success. 

“From volunteers who supported the event by setting up, marshalling, clearing away and everything in-between, local companies that provided sponsorship or gifts in kind; and of course, everyone who took part. 

“It really was an amazing day and I hope everyone is bursting with pride for playing their part in helping to raise such an amazing amount of money for hospice care in the High Peak.” 

Images by Blythe House Hospicecare 

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