Sunday, October 5, 2014 guarantees to be an afternoon of family fun – and all for a wonderful cause. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has played host to six previous Terry Fox charity runs around the glorious Dogmersfield Park Estate, and this year the 5 km route has been revised. With an aim of raising in excess of GBP 25,000 the Hotel has combined efforts with its two sister properties Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf. Everyone is welcome to join the event – including children of all ages – where they are invited to run or walk around the course.
The Terry Fox Foundation continues in memory of Terry Fox, a Canadian cancer victim who ran an incredible 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles) in 143 days with a prosthetic limb to raise money for cancer research. As a Canadian founded company, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has supported the charity every year since Terry’s death in 1981. Each run splits its proceeds with a local cancer research charity of choice. Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire supports The Brain Tumour Charity set up by Neil and Angela Dickson in memory of their daughter Samantha, who sadly died of a brain tumour just six days before her 17th birthday. With this charity being the main beneficiary of the event, as well as the leading charity dedicated to brain tumour research in the UK, supporters really will be making a big difference in the fight against cancer locally as well as worldwide.
The event will be held on the Belvedere Terrace at the Hotel beginning at 2:00 pm, with the new course mapped out across the parkland. A dedicated area for children will occupy the younger ones with face painting, cupcake decorating, pony rides and a bouncy castle – while everyone can then relax to the sounds of a live band Junior Guevarra. With the choice of a tasty BBQ or hog roast, produce has kindly been donated by local suppliers with all proceeds going to the charities. Raffle tickets will sell at GBP 2.00 each and prizes include a complimentary night at a Four Seasons hotel.
Whether entrants choose to run the course or take a more leisurely pace, the 2014 Terry Fox Run is set to be another huge success. Unlike previous years there is no need to register in advance – just turn up on the day and sign up on the spot.
7th Annual Terry Fox Run Details
- Donations can be made online
- Runners’ registration: 2:00 pm
- Warm-up for run starts: 3:00 pm
- BBQ / hog roast: GBP 10.00 (adults), GBP 5.00 (children under 12 years old)
- Raffle tickets: GBP 2.00 each or 3 for GBP 5.00
About Terry Fox
Terry Fox was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and raised in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. An active teenager involved in many sports, Terry was only 18 years old when he was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) and forced to have his right leg amputated 15 centimetres (six inches) above the knee in 1977. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of other cancer patients that he decided to run a Marathon of Hope across Canada to raise money for cancer research. After 18 months and running more than 5,000 kilometres (3,107 miles) to prepare, Terry started his run in St. John’s, Newfoundland on April 12, 1980. He ran 42 kilometres (26 miles) a day through Canada’s Atlantic provinces, Quebec and Ontario. However, on September 1, after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 miles), Terry was forced to stop running because cancer had appeared in his lungs. Terry passed away on June 28, 1981 at the age of 22. To date, CAD 650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name through the annual Terry Fox Run, held across Canada and around the world.
About The Brain Tumour Charity
The Brain Tumour Charity is the result of the merger of The Brain Tumour Charity (formerly Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust), Brain Tumour UK and The Joseph Foote Trust. Their work is inspired by Samantha and Joseph, who sadly lost their lives to a brain tumour, and every person who has been affected. Neil and Angela founded the Samantha Dickson Research Trust in 1996 after the tragic loss of their daughter Samantha to a brain tumour at just 16. At the time they were horrified by the lack of funding for research and support. They knew they had to make a difference and were driven to start the charity to redress the balance. In its time, the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (as it was formerly known) raised more than GBP 12 million for vital research and to provide much-needed support and information. It is testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment over the past 15 years that they have now become The Brain Tumour Charity, reflecting the charity’s position as the largest and leading brain tumour charity in the UK.