Race to save Wakefield hospice is on

Sandal Castle 10K.10K runners going past the castle
Sandal Castle 10K.10K runners going past the castle

CARE for terminally ill people could be under threat unless more fundraisers pull on their running shoes for Wakefield Hospice.

Fundraisers fear they may fall short of the £3.2m needed each year to run palliative care services because of a lack of support for events including the annual Sandal Castle 10K and fun run.

It usually attracts up to 700 runners but so far only 200 people have put their names forward.

And only five people have signed up for the 2.5K fun run which takes place on the same day at Pugneys Country Park on Sunday, September 11.

Samantha Wood, hospice event fundraiser, said: “The numbers are very low compared with previous years.

“We think people are taking part in the bigger, national charity events such as Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life and unfortunately, the local ones are being missed.

“Our running costs are budgeted against our summer fundraising events and if that money doesn’t come in, it would have a significant impact on care we provide for our patients.”

Concerns have also been raised about the annual “A Walk To Remember and Celebrate” which takes place on Sunday, September 25, at Woolley Hall.

Last year the event raised £14,000 but organisers fear unless more volunteers come forward they will fail to repeat the same success.

Angie Wilson, hospice event fundraiser, said: “With costs of running the hospice rising each year and so many more charity events taking place, the pressure really is on for us to encourage more and more people to take part in our events.

“The hospice is a place of sanctuary for those who are suffering and I think that is something that everyone can relate to at some point in their lives or the life of a loved one.”

The Aberford Road based charity provides vital care to around 300 in-patients and 1,800 day therapy patients every year.

For more information about how to take part in fundraising events, call the hospice on 01924 213900 or log on www.wakefieldhospice.org