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runners in fancy dress starting a previous Run FrimleyLocal ‘superheroes’ can support the Stroke Appeal at Frimley Park Hospital by signing up for this year’s Run Frimley fundraiser.

Hundreds of fun runners and serious athletes are expected to take to the streets around the hospital near Camberley, Surrey, on Sunday 5 May for the annual 10km road race and 2.5km fun run.

The theme for the event is ‘superheroes’ and participants are welcome to wear colourful costumes.

Organisers at the Frimley Health Charity are urging runners to raise as much sponsorship money as possible.

The Stroke Appeal aims to raise more than £1million to develop Frimley Park’s stroke unit into one of the best in the country.

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, has already pledged £320,000, bringing the total raised so far to £815,000.

Frimley Park’s stroke unit looks after more than 100 patients each month, and the Trust wants to expand it so that patients can have better access to complementary therapies. It also wants to provide more of the latest equipment that will help patients during their recovery.

The plans include creating an outdoor area with steps and special paving, providing an interesting and stimulating environment where patients can exercise and work on their mobility.

Frimley Health Charity fundraising manager Keith Hanks said: “Run Frimley is a firm fixture in the community calendar and every year we are delighted by the number of people who support the charity by taking part.

“By doing so, they are helping to ensure Frimley Park can continue to provide outstanding care for the community it serves.

“We would also like to thank all our sponsors, whose generous support will cover event costs and ensure all the money raised by this year’s Run Frimley will be used to further improve services at Frimley Park Hospital for stroke patients across the area.”

This year’s 10k road race has been officially recognised by UK Athletics and the course has been measured and verified.

There will also be chip timing and finishing medals for all participants.

Open a Just Giving page and collect at least £50 for the Frimley Health Charity before registration closes at midnight on 1 May and you will get a free Run Frimley running vest to wear on the day.

You can sign up online at www.frimleyhealthcharity.org.