Wirral’s School ‘Elves’ raise thousands for Wirral Hospice St John’s


Sixteen of Wirral’s schools, including Hayfield specialist school, took part in the 2020 ‘Elf and Rudolph Runs’ involving hundreds of children in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s.

Inspired by 2019’s successful Rudolph Run the schools enthusiastically signed up to encourage their youngsters to take part in a walk or run, part of their PE lessons and in their class bubbles in circuits around their playing areas, to help raise the funds.

Because of COVID regulations hospice staff were not able to visit schools so a special video was prepared featuring hospice mascot, John Bear, which sensitively outlined the work of the hospice.

Sponsor forms were prepared for the kids to take home and families and friends responded, as they always do, positively and generously.

On the day each school picked for its own run, everyone enjoyed dressing up in their Elf outfits, and some donned antlers and red noses again, to bring some much needed seasonal cheer, with everyone reporting that it really helped their school’s preparations for Christmas.

The schools who took part were, Bedford Drive, Bidston Village C of E Primary, Brackenwood Juniors, Church Drive Primary, Greasby Juniors, Hayfield School, Irby Primary, Ladymount Primary, Manor Primary, Mendell Primary, Our Lady of Pity Catholic School, Sandbrook Primary, St Joseph’s C of E Primary, St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary, Well Lane Primary School and Westminster Community Primary.

A magnificent £20,000 has been raised with some donations still trickling in. All the schools are being presented with a commemorative Elf/Rudolph Run Christmas 2020 certificate of thanks from the hospice.

Every penny raised will go towards the expert specialist nursing care, pain management and support that is delivered every single day at our local adult hospice.

Sarah Burgess, fundraising officer at Wirral Hospice St John’s, said,

“We owe a massive thank you to all the children, their teachers, head-teachers, teaching assistants and other staff from the schools who supported our 2020 Elf Run. Thanks also to all their families and friends who made very generous donations to the hospice. We heard everyone had so much fun and we’ll be hoping to bring John Bear back to the schools later on in the year to say his personal thanks to everyone and hopefully to arrange another Christmas event in 2021.”

For details please contact Sarah Burgess on Sarahb@wirralhospice.org or call 0151-343-0778

About Wirral Hospice St John’s

  • For more than 37 years Wirral Hospice St John’s has cared for thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, from the Wirral community.
  • Annually the hospice costs in the region of £5million to run.
  • The hospice’s Inpatient Ward supports up to 16 patients at a time.
  • The hospice’s Outpatients department and Wellbeing Centre supports hundreds of people every year.
  • The Hospice at Home service supports hundreds of patients and their families in their own homes.
  • The hospice receives some NHS funding for its specialist palliative care services but the majority of its income comes from the generosity and support of individuals and businesses in our Wirral community
  • The hospice charity shops are based in Heswall, West Kirby, Moreton, New Brighton, Liscard and Claughton. They also host a gift shop based at the hospice site.
  • The hospice weekly lottery guarantees a first prize of £2,000 every week. The second prize, of £500, can rollover up to a maximum of £10,000. Lottery membership and one-off ticket sales help to pay for the services of 12 specialist nurses a year.
  • The hospice hosts a number of annual events for both community and corporate supporters to raise essential funds.
  • Individuals and businesses also organise their own events and activities throughout the year with support from the hospice.
  • The hospice’s biggest fundraising event is Light up a Life in December every year. People assemble in the hospice gardens for the switch-on of 10,000 remembrance lights.
  • More than 500 volunteers support the work of the Hospice in a wide range of ways; preparing food and drinks for inpatients, taking part in activities with Wellbeing Centre patients, flower arranging, gardening, office administration, selling lottery tickets, working in the charity shops and supporting fundraising events.

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