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Ely Festive 5k raises £13,000 for Arthur Rank Hospice





Thousands of pounds has been raised for Arthur Rank Hospice with this year’s Ely Festive 5k.

The festive run was held on Sunday (November 25) and has so far this year raised an incredible £13,000 for the hospice.

Participants started and finished the fun run on Cross Green at Ely Cathedral, taking a circular route that took runners around Ely Country Park, along the river, through the Jubilee Gardens, up Cherry Hill Park and onto The Gallery. Runners’ costumes included penguins, reindeers, snowmen and Christmas trees.

Donna Talbot, director of fundraising and communications, said: “We are thrilled the Ely Festive 5k fun run continues to go from strength to strength. With the number of places for participants increased this year, it was wonderful for the event to sell out, with 800 people donning Santa hats to run through the streets of the city.

“The new start location of Ely Cathedral proved popular and sponsors Ward Gethin Archer and Price Bailey were on hand to show their support, many of whom also chose to take part themselves.

“The hospice delivers Hospice at Home to many people in Ely and the surrounding area and this is just one of the important services that this fun run helps to fund. We would like to sincerely thank all of those involved and hope everyone enjoyed Santa’s early arrival in the city.”

Father Christmas made a special appearance after the event and mulled wine and mince pies, sponsored by East of England Co-op, were served.

Since the fun run began in 2010, the event has helped to raise a huge £73,348 for the hospice.



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