Thousands of young Rudolphs make a dash for their hospice

A very shiny success: Rowcroft’s Rudolph Run 2023

Over the past few weeks, an impressive turnout of more than 5,500 children from nearly 30 schools and nurseries across South Devon took part in Rowcroft’s Rudolph Run, raising thousands of pounds for the hospice by donning their antlers and participating in a sponsored run or walk. Now in its third year, The Rudolph Run has garnered tremendous support from the local community, offering schools a fun and festive challenge while raising much-needed funds to care for local patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their loved ones, across South Devon.

Josh Mason, year three teacher at Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s Primary School in Teignmouth, said:

“The children have really enjoyed the build-up for this event. Their noses are on and their antlers are bouncing, it’s just a joyful experience for them. It’s all part of helping the children to understand that they’re part of a wider community and that we’re raising money to support Rowcroft Hospice, which is part of our school’s ethos.”

Head of Prep School at Stover, Mr Ben Noble, said:

Stover Prep School children at Rudolph Run

“Once again, all the children in the prep school donned their antlers and red noses and took part in the annual Rudolf Run to raise money for an excellent charity – Rowcroft Hospice. The children had a fantastic time, with Christmas songs playing and everyone joining in. Well done to everyone for taking part and raising money for such a worthy cause.”

Raising funds for vital care

Rowcroft is delighted with the success of the event which aims to raise an estimated £35,000 for the hospice. Holly Traynor, Rowcroft’s Events and Projects Fundraiser said:

Broadhempston Primary School

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to all the amazing pupils and staff who have taken part in this year’s Rudolph Run. The outpouring of support from schools and nurseries has been truly phenomenal, and seeing all the children and staff having so much fun is magical! Every penny collected through sponsorship directly contributes to our expert end-of-life care for individuals and families across South Devon. The event also presents a great opportunity to introduce young pupils to hospice care in a way that resonates with them. We’d like to thank our event sponsors, Majestic Holidays, for their invaluable support.”

Torre C of E Primary SchoolMark Wright, owner of Majestic Holidays, commented:

“Here at Majestic Holidays, we are so proud to support such an important charity in our local community. We know what a special role they play in helping patients and their families at the end of life and it is wonderful to play our part and sponsor the Rowcroft Rudolph Run. Even Coco, our jolly mascot, is donning antlers for the festive fun. Merry Christmas to all from our hoof-tapping team!”

No one should face end of life alone

While Rowcroft is playing a key role in delivering specialist end-of-life care across South Devon to 2,500 patients with life-limiting illnesses and to those closest to them each year, the hospice recognises the harsh reality that too many people are unable to access the essential end-of-life care they need due to a critical gap in resources and funding. With an escalating local demand putting pressure on the hospice’s services, Rowcroft has launched its No One Alone Appeal. Through the appeal, by 2026 Rowcroft aims to raise an additional £500,000 annually to help care for 260 more patients every year. This will be a key milestone towards the hospice’s longer term goal of supporting an annual total of 3,000 patients and their loved ones by 2030. To find out more about Rowcroft’s No One Alone Appeal, please go to

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