Colchester Hospitals Charity – Santa Fun Run! #CharityTuesday

Colchester Hospitals Charity
Santa Fun Run Sunday 11 December 2011
Castle Park, Colchester

Thanks CoffeeCurls for inviting Colchester Hospitals Charity to guest blog on Charity Tuesday about the Santa Fun Run 2011.

Santa’s Warm up in Castle Park

The Santa Fun Run raises money for Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital, to buy extra things that are above and beyond the scope of the NHS and help to improve the hospitals for patients, staff and visitors. Last year the Santa Run attracted over 115 people to run round Castle Park dressed as Santa. This year we hope to attract even more people.

We also need people to help organise the event and to volunteer on the day. To help with marshalling, registering runners and laying out the course. If you can help we’d love to hear from you.

Ready for the OFF!

If you would like to get involved by helping organise the run or taking part please contact Caroline Bates on or tweet @cohoc_

Santa out in front!

Lots of Colchester people will spend some of the happiest or saddest days of their lives at Colchester General or Essex County Hospitals and Colchester Hospitals Charity (or CoHoC for short) works with the hospitals to try and make things that little bit better or easier for patients, their friends and families. By providing extra or better equipment that is above and beyond that which can be provided by the NHS alone the charity helps to improve the hospital environment and facilities. There are over 80 funds under the umbrella of CoHoC, representing all of our wards and departments, from the children’s wards through to Stroke Unit.

All require a little bit of extra help from time to time. Recently the Breast Surgery Unit has managed to raise over £100,000 to buy new equipment to enable quicker and more efficient breast screening.

Last December the Children’s Unit needed extra ‘vital signs’ observation monitors for the children’s services department at Colchester General Hospital. Lynda Pearce, Matron for Children’s Services at the hospital, explained: “Sick children need close observation and monitoring.’ The ‘vital signs’ monitors assist nursing and medical staff to do this and mean that children do not need to be transferred to other hospitals and can stay close to home. The Santa Fun Run raised sufficient money to purchase one of these monitors for the Children’s Unit.

This year we hope that the Santa Run will raise even more money to support Colchester’s hospitals.