Road race generates cash to help children’s hospice

Nicky Ifould receives the cheque from Nigel Wood SUS-140611-135328001
Nicky Ifould receives the cheque from Nigel Wood SUS-140611-135328001

ROAD race organisers in Bognor Regis have donated almost £16,000 to charity from this year’s event.

The members of Bognor Hotham Rotary Club have handed over the money from the 10k event to 17 good causes.

The biggest beneficiary was the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice, which was the club’s charity partner for the race six months ago.

Rotary president Nigel Wood recently presented a cheque for £8,405 to Nicky Ifould from the hospice in respect of the nominated funds raised by the 10k runners which passed through the club’s books.

Club spokesman John Holman said: “We agree to top up whatever funds are raised by the runners themselves if they put this sponsorship money through our charity account while the sums are worked out.

“For the 2014 race, 30 runners decided to take advantage of this scheme. They each received an uplift of 75 per cent to what they raised.”

This led to a total of £15,930 being sent out. The total led to the race, held each year, producing a known charitable benefit of more than £23,000. Of this, £6,441 came from the runners.

Much more was doubtless raised by the runners outside of the club’s top-up scheme.

“The rotary club is delighted that they are able to support good causes through the road race,” said Mr Holman.

“This, of course, is a result of the great support we receive from the 1,800 or so entrants and sponsors, and we want to make more donations wherever it can do good.”

Anyone with a good cause, whether at home or abroad, can write with details about it to Bognor Hotham Rotary Club c/o Bognor Regis Golf Club, Felpham, Bognor Regis PO22 8JD.

Work has started planning the 2015 road race. It will take place on May 17.

The event’s charity partner will be 4Sight, which is based in Bognor Regis and works with blind and partially sighted people across West Sussex.

Runners without a favourite charity could consider taking part for 4Sight.

The race has taken place along Bognor and Felpham seafronts every May since 1995.

More details about the club are available from www.bognorhotham.rotaryweb.org