A fundraising run at Chirk Castle has raised thousands of pounds for a Hospice which supports seriously ill children in Cheshire, Shropshire, Mid and North Wales. 

The Chirk Castle event took place on Saturday, October 22 involving a two-lap 4k route, with little legs or those unable to manage that distance being able to complete one lap.

People and families of all ages turned out dressed head to toe in fancy dress, with glow sticks and torches to complete a route around the castle grounds raising more than £6,600, with more money still coming in. 

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After a warm-up with PureGym trainer Susie Knight, the Chirk run was started by Martine Crouch and her son Caiden in front of the castle which was lit up in Hope House colours.

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Martine lost her daughter Mia, who died at the age of four in 2018. After falling ill, Mia spent time at Hope House, and her mum was full of praise for the service the hospice provided.  

To see what events Hope House Children's Hospices are planning for 2023 please visit www.hopehouse.org.uk/events

Martine said: “We were delighted to be back to support Hope House once again raise money through its Chirk Dark Run, we had the best time; it was a really wonderful evening.” 

Fundraiser Cat Dowdeswell said: "A huge thank to everyone who came to Chirk Castle in such amazing costumes and lit up the grounds for local families.  

"Our sponsors and supporter partners and volunteers from around the Wrexham area and beyond were amazing and the team at Chirk Castle helped us every step of the way.  

"It was a fantastic night and we are so pleased that the community came together to support their local children’s hospice." 

Chirk Dark Run benefitted from some amazing local business support from Cynergy Security, Glyn Wylfa, GHP Legal, Levercliff, Chirk Town Council, Decostitch and Whitchurch Town Council.  

Tasty goody bags were given to each runner with contents donated from Asda, Tesco, Morrisons and Kellogg’s and Gerrard’s produced gingerbreads topped with the Dark Run medal logo.