Hundreds take some positive steps in Kings Forest and raise thousands for St Nicholas Hospice Care

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075520009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075520009

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Teams of walkers strode out and ran at Kings Forest many in seasonal jumpers and hats as they raised funds for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

This was the fourth Festive Forest Challenge and people were invited to don festive outfits for the challenge which offered three courses of six, 13 or 20 miles through the forest.

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075751009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075751009

Participants could either use Nordic walking poles, run or walk the course during the fund-raiser organised by Kevin Marshall of Positive Steps Personal Training.

Some 300 people took part and between them have raised £5,500 purely in entrance fees, with more coming in from individual sponsorship.

Kevin, who also organises the Bury to Clare Challenge, is aiming to raise £11,000 a year for the work of the hospice as it costs £11,000 a day to run the unit.

He said: “Saturday was absolutely perfect. It was a great wintry day, a bit chilly to start with but then the sun came out.

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075541009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075541009

“Raising money for the hospice is my way of putting something back.

“I challenge people for a living running a fitness and well being business and I have also worked with vulnerable people for many years. Death is a very real part of our lives and we should make sure that people do not die alone and that their families are supported and this is what the hospice does.”

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075658009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075658009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075615009

Festive Forest Challenge in aid of St Nicholas Hospice at West Stow ANL-161128-075615009