HUNDREDS of fund-raisers are expected to take to the streets for Sunderland’s first turkey trot.
Fun-runners are being encouraged to pull on some eye-catching costumes for the 2k family fun run which takes place on December 11.
The brainchild of staff at St Benedict’s Hospice, it’s hoped the event will raise vital funds for the day-to-day running of the centre on Newcastle Road.
Fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham said: “We thought it would be fun to do something that’s different to other charities. Santa runs are quite popular and we were going to do a chicken run at Easter, but we couldn’t get the costumes in time.
“Then someone suggested a turkey trot.”
The charity is hoping to find 500 people to stuff themselves into the costumes which the hospice has bought from China.
The turkeys will trot their way around the outskirts of Nissan Sports and Social Club, Usworth and fund-raisers of all ages are encouraged to enter.
Sylvia, who’s already tried on the festive fancy dress, said: “It certainly looks different. It was funny wearing it on my own in the summer, but when there’s 499 other people wearing them it won’t feel so silly.
“They’re not the easiest of things to run fast in, but this is very much a fun run, not a race. People can just walk it or push pushchairs. It’s an event for all the family.”
The cost to enter the event is £20 which includes your turkey costume. Kids who want to take part can do so for £5 and will receive a cut-and-colour turkey mask and ideas on how to make their own costumes.
For entry forms, contact the fund-raising office, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org