GWH charity Brighter Futures announces its upcoming festive fundraising events

By Jessica Durston - 10 November 2022


The Great Western Hospital charity will be holding its Santa vs Rudolph Run again this year, as well as inviting the public to create Christmas Activity Boxes.

Following the success of the previous Santa versus Rudolph Runs, Brighter Futures have again joined forces with the Swindon Phoenix Rotary Club and their chosen charity, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

The organisations will be coming together once again for the biggest festive fun run in town.

The Santa vs Rudolph Run will take place on Sunday, 4 December and members of the public will be able to run, walk or jog their way around a 3k or 5k route at Lydiard Park.

All profits raised will again be donated to Brighter Futures and Wiltshire Air Ambulance. 

A spokesperson from the GWH charity said: "We are aware of the effects of the cost of living crisis and so anything you can give us will make a huge difference in both improving the hospital environment for both staff and patients at Great Western Hospital and saving lives within Wiltshire and beyond.

"We encourage you to enter as a family, with friends or as an individual, you can even bring the dog!"

Tickets for adults are priced at £12, children's tickets are £9 and family tickets are £25. Those aged under five years old go free.

Registration will open at 08:30am and the run will start at 11:00am.

The Brighter Futures team encourage entrants to dress up as Team Santa and Team Rudolph – or anything else Christmas themed.

Santa hats and Reindeer antlers are included in the entry fee and all entrants will get a festive medal for completing the race.

To sign up, individuals can head to Santa Vs Rudolph Run 2022 | Brighter Futures ( or contact [email protected].

Entries close on 1 December at midnight.

Brighter Futures also run a virtual option throughout December for those who wish to run in their own time.


Christmas Activity Boxes

This year, Brighter Futures are also encouraging Swindon people to brighten someone’s Christmas by turning a shoebox into something special for the patients at Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A spokesperson from the charity said: "We are encouraging donations of a Christmas Activity box which we hope will help encourage patients to keep their brains active whilst in the hospital environment."

Boxes can include a Christmas card, playing cards, dominoes or a small game, pen, paper and colouring pencils, puzzle books, paint sets, brushes and a mini canvas board. Other items can include a book or magazine, craft kits – though the charity ask that no sharp items are included. Little sweet treats are also said to be welcome.

The Brighter Futures spokesperson continued: "We are unable to accept sharp objects such as knitting needles or scissors, food and alcohol items, home items like candles and socks.

"We ask for the boxes to be made unisex and to be aimed at our adult patients, we also ask for the boxes to not be sealed when dropped off."

The charity can accept boxes to be dropped off at the Voluntary Services Hub in the Brunel Treatment Centre (based on the ground floor) from Monday 5 December until Friday 16 December.

For more information, individuals can email [email protected].

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