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Entry for 2018 Ashby Santa Fun Run & Walk Opens!

We're delighted to announce that entries for this years event are now open! We can guarantee another great morning of fun and laughs on Sunday 2nd December as we welcome another load of Santa's on to Ashby's great Bath Grounds  for the 2018 Ashby Santa Fun Run & Walk.

For those who've taken part before you'll know how it works and how much fun it is! For those who've not, the morning will start with a fun warm up around 10:45 before all the Santa's (and there were over 1400 entered last year!) run, jog, hop, scoot, trot, walk or any other pavement legal means make their way around the scenic 3km course around Ashby!

It's a great morning, we'll have entertainment on the Bath Grounds, hot and cold refreshments and the sight of what we hope to be a sell out of 1500 Santa's on a crisp sunny winters morning. Great fun and a fantastic way of helping us to raise thousands of pounds for this years fantastic local charities, Hospice Hope, Staunton Harold Sailability Trust and Leicestershire Life Education.

The easiest way to sign up is via the Sign Up link at the top of this page where you can enter online. Alternatively you can print off our paper entry form from the Sign Up page and enter that way.

Hospice Hope was formed following the closure of the Sue Ryder Hospice at Staunton Harold in 2002, which provided palliative care to adults living in North West Leicestershire. A group of committed individuals felt that the closure of Staunton Harold came at a heavy cost to their local community, with alternative palliative care being located some considerable distance away and little or no NHS support in the area. Hospice Hope was therefore formed as a registered charity to provide support to people with life limiting illnesses.

The objectives of Hospice Hope are:

  • To set up local Support Cafés to provide free, easily accessible ‘drop-in’ support on a weekly basis in North West Leicestershire

  • To open a Day Hospice, up to 4 days a week, based in North West Leicestershire

Hospice Hope currently run 3 support cafe's for people with life limiting illnesses, their families and carers. These operate at Coalville (Whitwick), Ashby and Ibstock. The cafe's provide an opportunity to receive support, take a break and meet new people. These sessions operate 1 day a week at each location and there is no need to book, you can simply drop in.

In addition to this, Hospice Hope have taken the first steps to achieving their long term goal of opening a Day Hospice with the creation of Hope House in Griffydam.  Hope House is the latest service to be opened by registered charity Hospice Hope and is a place specifically for people with life limiting illnesses.  It differs from our three Support Cafés in that attendance is only for those with a life limiting illness and by referral.  People also stay for the duration of the day, rather than attending on a drop-in basis.  People can refer themselves to us (self-referral) or referrals can be made by health and social care professionals, a carer or family member. We call the people who attend Hope House ‘guests’. Carers are most welcome at our three Support Cafés but Hope House is for the patient. This allows the carer to take a much deserved break from their caring duties, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being well looked after. There is no charge for being at Hope House; the transport, services (including complementary therapies) and delicious hot two course lunch are completely free. 

Further information on Hospice Hope can be found at

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