Local TV personality urges her fans to take on Hospice Run

STAR SUPPORT: Davina McCall (inset) and last year’s Hospice Run in Tunbridge Wells

THE annual Hospice Run is back for its 17th year, with support from a local celebrity to sign up for the run.

All proceeds from the run go to Tunbridge Wells charity Hospice in the Weald.

Davina McCall, known for presenting Channel 4’s Big Brother and ITV’s Long Lost Family, is an avid supporter of the charity and has encouraged her fans to take part.

On why she supports the charity, Ms McCall said: “When my sister died, she died at home but, afterwards, when I kind of broke down, they really helped me out. They are fantastic.”

Taking place on Sunday September 17, the run will have two new distances for fundraisers to tackle this year.

A new half marathon and family fun race have been added to the existing 5km and 10km distances. But with just 1,000 places available, runners are being urged to sign up quickly.

Local Paralympian and Strictly Come Dancing star, Will Bayley, will be launching the running event from the Lower Common Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells.

Younger participants are encouraged to dress as their favourite hero for the new Family Fun Run, which will wind through the Common and around Wellington Rocks.

The event is being supported by Savills, G. Collins and Son, Childrensalon, and Cripps.

Jesse Ansbro-Brett, Relationship Fundraising Manager for Hospice in the Weald, said: “This year we are aiming to raise over £60,000. Please help us achieve this target.”

The charity needs to raise over £8million each year in order to provide care to the local community.

All the funds raised will help the Hospice provide free care and support to patients with a terminal illness, and those close to them.

Events like the Hospice Run are an important fundraising source to enable these services. If you would like to sign up visit: hospiceintheweald.org.uk

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