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Superheroes needed for Run Wexham 2017

Local ‘superheroes’ are needed to help support seriously ill children at Wexham Park Hospital.

The Frimley Health Charity’s annual 10km trail race and 2km family fun run take place on Sunday 23 July across stunning countryside near the hospital.

This year’s event will have a superheroes theme as serious athletes, fun runners and families stride out in aid of the charity’s Children’s Critical Care Appeal. The appeal is aiming to raise £210,000 to equip the five-bed children’s high dependency unit that opened last year at Wexham Park.

All proceeds from Run Wexham 2017 will help very poorly children with complex problems who spend time at the hospital with their families. The money will buy specialist equipment above and beyond that provided by the NHS budget. It will also be used to furnish family accommodation the hospital has built next to the unit.

Both Run Wexham races will start and finish at the hospital, taking participants across picturesque farmland.

Every participant will get a finishing medal, there will be awards for the winners and a prize for the best children’s fancy dress.

Fundraising manager Anthony Kerslake said: “Run Wexham continues to grow in popularity each year and provides a fantastic opportunity for the local community to come together to support their hospital.

“About ten children with life-threatening conditions are admitted to the children’s ward at Wexham Park each week.

“The sponsorship you raise through Run Wexham will help us to give them the best level of care that we can while they are in our hospital.”

Run Wexham 2017 is the Frimley Health Charity’s second fundraising running event of the year. In April 2,000 runners turned out to support the charity’s Stroke Appeal at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, which is also run by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.

You can find out more information about Run Wexham and register to take part by visiting the Frimley Health Charity website.