Join fun runners for Sunderland hospice’s Turkey Trot

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HUNDREDS are fund-raisers will get in a flap when they take part in Sunderland’s second Turkey Trot.

The event, in aid of St Benedict’s Hospice, Monkwearmouth, will be held in Mowbray Park on Sunday.

“Other charities do Santa runs but we like to be different,” said fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham.

“The event has a true family flavour with participants of all ages welcome, so why not ‘stuff’ the Christmas shopping and come turkey Trotting instead.”

Wearsiders are being encouraged to pull on eye-catching costumes for the two-kilometre family fun run, which raised more than £9,000 for the hospice last year.

“Participants can sign up as families, individuals, groups of mates or work colleagues. Anyone of any age can take part,” added Sylvia.

“You can take part in memory of a loved one, as a family activity, or just for the fun of doing something different.”

Turkey Trotting Teachers, from Burnside Primary School, in Houghton, are being tipped for further success as they battle to retain their crown, raising £1,200.

The school ran last year in memory of secretary Dorothy Turnbull’s son, James, who died in 2010, aged 21, of rare and aggressive form of cell cancer.

The event comes as the hospice prepares to move from its Newcastle Road site to a multimillion pound facility, in Ryhope, in the coming months.

The trot, which begins at 3pm, costs £20 for adults to enter.

Registration includes race entry place, sponsor form and turkey costume.

Children’s registration is £5 and includes race entry, cut and colour turkey mask, poncho and costume-making ideas.

Prizes will be awarded for the best children’s costume and the “turkey” who raises the most money.

For more information, text “TROT” to 81400 or contact St Benedict’s Hospice fund-raising office on 569 9194, email or visit

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