EastEnders Barry and Honey attend Young Epilepsy Santa Run!
On Sunday 11 December, 180 Santa’s, including two elves and a self-made Santa’s sleigh joined Young Epilepsy at Lingfield Park Racecourse for the second Santa Run, raising an incredible £3,539 and counting!
Our Santa’s were excited to meet EastEnders stars Barry (Shaun Williamson) and Honey (Emma Barton), who kindly took time out of their busy pantomime rehearsal to open our Santa Run.
Emma Barton said:
It’s amazing to see so many supporters getting in the festive spirit today for Young Epilepsy. Just by taking part Young Epilepsy can continue supporting the 112,000 children and young people living with epilepsy across the UK.
Shaun Williamson said:
Young Epilepsy are tackling epilepsy with young people across the UK. Well done to everyone bringing the Christmas cheer, completing the Santa Run and for supporting a great cause.
One of the biggest success stories of the day came from Amy Barnham, who lives with complex epilepsy, scoliosis and severe learning difficulties. The 21-year-old walked an amazing 4km. This was the furthest distance she has ever walked. In the process, she raised an incredible £404.34 for Young Epilepsy.
Amy’s dad, Bob said:
Watching my daughter walk 4K at the Young Epilepsy Santa Run was a very proud moment and something I will remember for a long time. This was a great step forward for Amy and we’re so proud she did it for such a worthy cause like Young Epilepsy.
Brilliant to have so many supporters here today. #TeamOwen had 19 runners and to be a part of the 180 runners is fab. Always great to support the cause, especially when it gets us feeling festive.
Young Epilepsy Champion Award winner 2015, Owen Thurston
Such a fantastic morning for the Santa Run 2016! So many happy Santa’s for such a good cause. My son goes to the college, so it’s extra special for us to be involved.
St Piers parent, Elena Truelove
Lovely to see so many happy faces, never seen so many Santa’s in one place. Excellent turn out and a good laugh. Will definitely come back next year.
Santa runner, Kevin Weaser
This is our first year at Young Epilepsy, we have loved the Santa Run as our family could all join in the fun and support a wonderful cause, we will be back next year.
Santa runner, Dawn Gass
This was our first Santa Run and it was such a great fun. My two children (aged 4 and 6) loved it. It was well run and the weather was brilliant. It is a great way to support a very good cause. Thank you.
Santa runner, Audrey Dunne
My sister in law, Donna Mullis, works at St Piers. We wanted to do the Santa Run to support the great work all the staff do and to help raise money and support for the young people the charity supports. We will help this wonderful charity in any way we can.
Santa runner, James Mitchell
Young Epilepsy would like to say a massive thank you to all those who took part in the Santa Run. Your donations will help us continue to tackle epilepsy and support the 112,000 children and young people across the UK.