Santa Run for Bloodwise

Fancy getting yourself on Santa’s good list?
Need an excuse for ‘just one more’ mince pie?
Fancy showing the kids you’re not that unfit?
Want to help us save the lives of people with blood cancer, now and in the future?


As a child, the local Santa run around Croesyceiliog and Cwmbran Boating Lake was a big part of the run up to Christmas. Though admittedly I never took part, as a family we would go along to cheer on the runners, pick out our favourite Santa costumes and put some money in the buckets for charity. It was always a great morning out, a real community event where with runners and spectators, hundreds of people would be together, getting into the Christmas spirit. I would be waving my letter hoping to spot the real one.It’s now been several years since the last run, and we have decided to do something about it!

We want to create a fun filled morning, where everyone can enjoy a bit of pre-christmas cheer in the fresh air, get the community together- just do something that doesn’t involve hospitals….somewhere my family has spent the last two Christmases centred around. All this and raise some well deserved dosh for Bloodwise!

So who are Bloodwise?

Formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Bloodwise were set up in 1960 by the Eastwood family after their daughter, Susan passed away from Leukaemia. The charity helped set up the first ever research unit dedicated to blood cancers in Great Ormond Street, and have played a huge part in seeing that 2/3rds of people diagnosed with Leukaemia, lymphoma or other blood cancers survive 5 years. In 1960, almost everyone died of their disease.
Yet they still have so much to do.


They can realistically see a day, within our lifetimes that all blood cancers can be treated. They want to get this day, where treatments are kinder and more effective.
Of course, research like this costs money. Which is where we come in, to raise it for them. Because blood cancer isn’t rare unfortunately. We recently heard of the 4th Croesyceiliog School student to be diagnosed with blood cancer in as many years. That’s just one school, and most blood cancer patients are adults. Someone is diagnosed in the UK every 20 minutes.
We need you to run for the newly diagnosed, for me, for the other current and ex Croesyceiliog pupils and for anyone else affected.

So here’s the plan….

Clear your diaries for the 12th December at 10am and join us on circular route starting and ending at The Olive Tree, Croesyceiliog (next to the Oasis)

‘I don’t run’ isn’t a good enough excuse! It’s just 2 miles and you can jog, walk or wheel (or spacehop, skip or crawl, whatever takes your fancy!) All ages are encouraged to take part in whatever way they can!

It costs just £5 each to register (Bloodwise will recieve the whole £5) with every penny you donate helping to make life better for people like me, now and in the future.


So get your jingley joggers on and sign up today at

Join the event on Facebook and invite (nominate!) your friends to run with you!

Look forward to seeing you all on the 12th! We want see hundreds of Santa’s (and possibly a few elves and reindeer) so help us spread the word on social media! #santarun #run4remission

Keep Smiling!

PS. A big thank you to Claire Sutton at Griffithstown Running Club for helping with the arrangements!

Posted on November 26, 2015, in Charities special to us. and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Excellent Emily, I’d love to join in the run but broke my ankle some months ago – still not quite right, but, I wish you all, all the best for this endeavour. Best wishes from Andrew and girls. xxx


  2. Sounds like a great idea 😊


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