6 December 2022

Swarms of Santas took to Spiceball Park on Sunday 4 December to take part in the Katharine House Santa Fun Run, raising thousands of pounds for the hospice.

Almost 400 people took part in the hospice’s flagship festive event this weekend, with the run expecting to raise more than £20,000 towards the care of patients with incurable illnesses in the local community.

Among those running the 5km or 1.5km routes were friends and family of patients who had received support from Katharine House Hospice.

A team of runners took part in memory of Tim Hands from Adderbury who died from cancer exactly two months to the day of the Santa Fun Run. The runners included Tim’s ten-year-old daughter Amara who was given the running number 50, in a special tribute to her father who celebrated his 50th birthday at the hospice just before his death.

Tim’s wife Michelle, who was in the crowd to cheer them on, said Tim’s loved ones wanted to do something special to honour him, and raise money for the hospice that gave him such dedicated care.

She said: "In a world where you are very vulnerable, where someone you care for is ill, it means everything to have the comfort of knowing that there are people who can help you when you need them.

"The staff were just wonderful. It’s all the little things the hospice does that make it such a positive experience. It’s like you’re at home, but not at home. They pulled a bed up next to his and so I could stay with him. Things like that really mattered.

"From the moment you drive over the little bridge into the lovely grounds, it’s just great. I can’t praise the hospice enough."

If you want to sponsor Team Timmy Time please visit their JustGiving page.

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  • If you want to take part in a challenge event in aid of Katharine House or see our other fundraising events, visit our events page. 
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