Half marathon runners have raised £12,734 for Bluebell Wood. 

Among those running this year’s Chesterfield Half Marathon for the children's hospice were Kerry Salt, who raised £1,025. Her 11-year-old son Adam, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease and uncontrolled epilepsy, regularly visits Bluebell Wood with Kerry, dad Karl and sister Isla. 

Sophie Thornton ran in memory of Theo Singh-Eyley who passed away in June at the age of 11. Bluebell Wood has supported the Singh-Eyley family since 2009. 

John Richmond raised an incredible £1,602 in sponsorship in memory of his close friend Chantelle Woodhead, who passed away earlier this year. 

Over 70 pupils, parents and staff from St Peter and St Paul School also ran the one kilometre fun run, five-mile run or 13.1-mile half marathon as part of their year of fundraising for Bluebell Wood. Many of them have been training at the school’s weekly running club, run by school secretary Sophie Edmonds. 

Lucy Rathbone, Community Fundraiser for Bluebell Wood in North Derbyshire, said: “I’d just like to say a huge thank you to all our runners for their amazing commitment to Bluebell Wood. They have been getting out in all weathers to train for the half marathon and deserve our congratulations. 

“By taking part in the Redbrik Chesterfield Half Marathon they’ve not only raised a fantastic amount but also helped to raise awareness of the hospice and the work we do with families in Chesterfield facing incredibly tough times. All the funds raised will help more families across North Derbyshire to make special memories together.”