Billed as the cities tastiest fun run, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice combined chocolate and running at the 2017 Chocolate 5k to raise funds for individuals and families from across Birmingham who are living with a terminal illness.
Now in its third year the event took place on 6th May in Bournville, the home of Chocolate. The fun 5k attracted a Hospice record of 700 runners and is well on the way to raising over £20,000 for the local charity. On the day chocolate fans ran around the course collecting chocolate bars from several chocolate stations and stashing their lout in a special Chocolate 5k goody bag. Everyone was rewarded with a unique Chocolate 5k medal and a golden ticket gave participants entry into a post run chocolate buffet.
Event Manager Lucy Watkins said “We devised the event to not only give participants the opportunity to indulge in chocolate, but to also enable them to run off the calories and support a local charity all at the same time. We had an overwhelming response to the event this year and are delighted with the continued support of the local community. Events like this are crucial for us in order to raise money as the Hospice operates a free service for all who come through our doors, or those we look after in the community.”
“We will be hosting a 2nd Chocolate 5k event on 3rd September at Elmdon Park, Solihull. It would be great to see even more chocolate runners join us for that event”.
Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is an independent adult hospice providing free end of life care and support for over 1,200 individuals and their families, carers and loved ones across Birmingham and Sandwell. It costs over £8 million per year to run the Hospice services and over half of these running costs come from voluntary incomes.