Jenny’s festive fundraising runs raise almost £500

Kelly Thornham News

Trainee teacher Jenny Dalby raised £470 for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity by running 5k every day in December. She even rounded off her runs dressed as an elf during Christmas week! 

Jenny, from Cottingley, clocked up more than 90 miles in total, running from her village to Saltaire and back, to raise money for the charity’s Covid-19 Hospital Heroes appeal.

 “I have always supported the NHS and I wanted to say thank you to those who didn’t get a Christmas and didn’t get a break because they were working,” said Jenny, who also works as a historical tour guide in Saltaire village.

 “Some days, I didn’t really want to go running, but I stuck to my guns. My little boy came out with me some days on his scooter.

 “I dressed as an elf for Christmas week because I wanted to bring a smile to people’s faces and I did. I got lots of drivers tooting their horns and people wishing me a merry Christmas. I didn’t expect to raise so much money, but people wanted to donate because of the effort I made dressing up!”

 Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “What a lovely gesture from Jenny to spread some festive cheer while raising money for our staff and patients at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who have been affected by Covid-19.

 “The money will be spent on items which are over and above what the NHS provides and will enable our Trust to continue to provide the very best care, treatment and environment for our patients.”

So far, more than £380,000 has been raised to support staff and patients affected by Covid-19 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

You can find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how to support patients and staff at https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org. You can donate to the Covid-19 Hospital Heroes appeal at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/BTHFTCovid-19

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