Nuns on the run get the fundraising habit

Nuns on the run really will be getting into the fundraising habit when they turn out to support St Oswald's Hospice.

Nuns on the run really will be getting into the fundraising habit when they turn out to support St Oswald's Hospice.

The world's first ever Nun Run is being held in Gateshead next month.

Runners dressed in nun's outfits will take part in a one-mile fun run around the Northern Fields of Saltwell Park, Gateshead on Sunday, May 6.

All the cash raised from the £10 entry fee and sponsorship will go to St Oswald's Hospice in Gosforth through the Association of Children's Hospices (ACH).

The event, sponsored by international financial services group Foresters, is also part of The Journal 175 St Oswald's Appeal.

The Foresters Nun Run starts at 11am, and takes place on a marked course suitable for runners, walkers, pushchairs and wheelchairs.

The habits will be given to participants on the day of the run.

First to sign up yesterday was Gemma Payne, a student from Jesmond, Newcastle who said, "It appealed to me because it is an easy one mile course that even I can manage and because the outfits are provided - I don't even have to worry about making or hiring a costume."

There is no minimum sponsorship but runners will receive a sponsorship pack containing everything they need to help raise as much as they can towards the vital services St Oswald's provide to children with life limiting conditions, and their families from all over the North-East.

The event has the support of Sister Frances Dominica of All Saints Convent, founder of the first Children's Hospice in the UK.

She said: "If you're thinking about taking part in the Foresters Nun Run then I'd encourage you to go for it. This is a fun way to raise vital funds to help your local hospice make a real difference to the lives of the children and families that stay there."

What is your 175 idea?

St Oswald's Hospice is the chosen charity of a special Journal appeal.

To celebrate our 175th anniversary on May 12, we are asking readers to help raise cash for one of the region's most deserving charities through The Journal 175 St Oswald's Appeal.

St Oswald's Hospice, in Gosforth, Newcastle, opened in 1985 and helps thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses in the region every year.

In Regent Avenue, Gosforth, St Oswald's has built up a world-wide reputation.

But the adult hospice and children's centre cost £6m a year to run and a staggering £4.5m of this has to be raised each year through donations. It makes no charge for any of the services it provides.

How you can help.

* Can you organise an event with a 175 theme?

* Can you raise a team to swim 175 lengths in relays, run 175 laps or cycle 175 miles or kilometres?

* Can you do it yourself?

* Can you keep silent for 175 minutes?

* Can your local collect 175 £1 coins?

* Can you play 175 holes of golf?

* Could your workplace, school, club or circle of friends generate a donation to an organisation which helps thousands of people in the region every year?

Anyone who has a fundraising idea and would like to have it publicised can call Tom Patterson at The Journal on (0191) 201- 6107.

You can also call the St Oswald's Fundraising Hotline on 0870 700- 3030 or email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org Alternatively, log onto www.stoswaldsuk.org

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