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Community fun run raises £72k for Oxford Children’s Hospital

Allen Associates News

As the headline sponsor of one of Oxfordshire’s longest established and best known events, the OX5 RUN, we are delighted to join Oxford Hospitals Charity in announcing the grand total raised this year.

The OX5 RUN 2022 has raised £72,000 for Oxford Children’s Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of the hundreds of people who turned out in March to run, walk or toddle around the 5 mile course through the hilly grounds of Blenheim Palace.

This year marked the event’s 20th anniversary and the first time it was able to take place in-person at Blenheim Palace since 2019, before the Covid pandemic.

Our Managing Director, Kate Allen, said: “We are incredibly proud to have sponsored and taken part in the OX5 RUN for the 13th year running. We never cease to be amazed by the sum of money that it raises to help thousands of young patients treated at the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

“The OX5 RUN has become an integral part of Oxfordshire life and a key event on the Allen Associates’ social calendar. It really is a great way to unite families, friends and colleagues and work together to give back to our local children's hospital in support of all that they do.”

Many of the people who took part were families who have first-hand experience of the hospital and hospital staff from across the NHS Trust.

Gail Williams from Oxford Hospitals Charity said: “This year’s OX5 RUN was simply incredible, a real success, despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the last few years.

“From supporters taking part in fancy dress, families running with their children, we saw first-hand what people were willing to do to help local children in hospital.

“Now the final count of fundraising is in, all of the charity team are in awe of how the local community managed to raise so much money to make a difference for our young patients.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise this incredible sum and of course to our event sponsors, Allen Associates, and also JACK FM Oxfordshire and Blenheim Palace for their incredible support. We can’t wait to see you again in 2023.”

The Oxford Hospitals Charity team have now started planning the OX5 RUN 2023 which will mark its 21st anniversary. Find out more about other future fundraising events being planned by Oxford Hospitals Charity and how to get involved, here.