Naomi House & Jacksplace, the specialist regional hospices for children and young adults are planning their biggest cheer point ever to support participants running the Great South Run on 20th October 2019. The cheer point will consist of a double-decker bus, provided by Stagecoach Buses, a troupe of cheerleaders from the group, Liberty Pride, and a whole host of generous volunteers donating their time. The giant cheer point will be located on the junction at Winston Churchill Avenue for the entire duration of the race.
The hospice charity receives considerable support from Great South runners, with the 2018 event raising nearly £7,500, enough to fund nearly two months of nursing care. The charity have five runners taking part in this year’s race but hope to encourage upwards of 40 participants to raise as much money as possible to support local seriously ill children and young adults.
Charlotte Patrick, Events fundraiser for the charity says: “We are so excited to have such a huge cheer point at the Great South Run this year. The double-decker bus will act as a great base for our enthusiastic cheerleaders, volunteers and events team. Last year we made ourselves heard by cheering as loud and for as long as possible, so are determined to make even more noise this year to give each and every single runner maximum encouragement.
The charity are suggesting that anyone who may have been inspired by the London Marathon last weekend, sign up to the Great South Run as is it a slightly easier race and will kick-start participants’ marathon training off to a flying start.”
To sign to up to run for Naomi House & Jacksplace, visit the charity’s website here: www.naomihouse.org.uk/great-south-run. Entry costs £25 per person which includes entry into the race, a personalised Naomi House & Jacksplace running vest and fundraising support.
Naomi House & Jacksplace are hospices based in Winchester for children and young adults with life shortening illnesses. The hospices currently care for more than 550 families across central southern England. Each and every year the charity needs to raise £9.2 million to be able to offer vital services such as respite care, end of life care and continued post bereavement care to the families who need them most.
To find out more about Naomi House & Jacksplace, go to www.naomihouse.org.uk