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Your chance to take part in the December Daily Dash and raise money for Sue Ryder

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Author: Contributed, Posted: Friday, 10th November 2017, 10:30

Last year’s December Daily Dash was very well supported Last year’s December Daily Dash was very well supported

Why not fight the festive flab this year by signing up for the December Daily Dash – a commitment to run, walk or jog three miles every single day throughout December raising funds for a hospice and neurological care charity.

The concept, dreamt up by husband and wife team Jackie and Mark Smith, was started three years ago to help raise funds for Sue Ryder, who cared for Jackie’s dad here in Gloucestershire at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

In the first year they were joined by 13 runners who between them covered 1,200 miles. In 2016 this snowballed to 54 friends and family from across the country and as far afield as Sydney, Australia, lacing up their trainers to take part, running the equivalent of 190 marathons. So far the charity Dashers have raised over £6,500 for Sue Ryder.

The December Daily Dash has 60 runners already signed up for the 2017 challenge, with just over three weeks to go, and Jackie would dearly like runners from Gloucestershire to pick up the baton and help raise funds for the local hospice which inspired the fundraising challenge.

Jackie, who now lives in Berkshire, said, “I lost both my mum and my dad to cancer, and the care that dad received from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice was amazing.

“So far we have people in Berkshire, Bath, Swindon, London and even Copenhagen committing to the December Daily Dash, but I would really like to see people from Gloucestershire get behind it, as it was Gloucestershire’s only inpatient unit which cared so beautifully for my dad, leading to this all happening.”

When most of us will be dashing around doing our last-minute Christmas shopping, the December Daily Dash crew will be wrapping up in their thermals to run three miles around their local neighbourhood, every single day during December, whatever the weather posting their running routes, times, videos and selfies on the group’s community Facebook page.

Jackie added: “Three miles might not seem a huge distance to tackle, but when you consider that we will be doing this every day in possibly freezing temperatures while everyone else is busy drinking wine and enjoying the festive season, you can see we have a challenge on our hands!

“Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire offered my dad a haven at a very bleak time and looked after him with care and dignity, and for that we will always be grateful.

“We wanted to raise money for them and other Sue Ryder care centres across the country, so we can help them provide more of this care to more families who need this support.”

You can find out more about the December Daily Dash challenge and sign up for free via the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DecemberDailyDash

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