After the success of our first ever Night Run, we were so excited to start planning our second one, back in 2020.
But then the pandemic hit, and all our events supporting our incredible children’s hospice, as well as our adult services at Trinity Hospice, were cancelled.
So we were incredibly excited to finally be able to hold our second ever Night Run last week, and seeing a sea of night runners take their marks under the bright lights of the Illuminations.
An incredible 2,000 runners set off along Promenade outside the tower on a road that was closed to traffic and ran a total of 7.5km in the hope of raising as much money as possible so we can provide exceptional care and support to the Fylde coast’s most vulnerable children and their families.
In total, this Night Run event raised more than £50,000.
Night Run was first held in 2019, when 6,000 people took part in the event and raised more than £78,000. In contrast to our other fundraising events, Night Run is free to enter with thanks to sponsorship from our friends at the Kentown Wizard Foundation.
Our Head of Fundraising, Linzi Warburton, said: “Our first ever Night Run was absolutely incredible. To see so many people taking part under the bright lights, all to support our area’s most fragile children, was just amazing. As soon as it was over, we were so excited to start planning the next one.
“Unfortunately, like all our other events during 2020, it wasn’t to be. We made the event virtual and were pleased to see so many people taking part on their own whenever they were able. But there’s nothing like hosting a live event and being part of what is always an electric atmosphere.
“So we were very excited, once more, to be planning Night Run for this year. We worked incredibly hard to ensure it was as safe as possible for everyone taking part and had Covid-secure measures in place.
“In the end, it was a fantastic night. Everyone taking part, and those cheering them on, had such an amazing time and they have all helped us to be there for local children in our area who have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, as well as their families.
“Without people supporting us, like those who take part in our events, we simply wouldn’t be here for all the families who need us. We are so grateful to everyone who took part in this event, as well as those who volunteered their time on the night so we could make it the huge success it was.”