Oxford Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce that the grand total for their Children’s Hospital fun run now stands at an incredible £72,000.

The OX5 RUN normally takes place at Blenheim Palace and is a key fundraiser for the Oxford Children's Hospital.

This year the event marked the twentieth year of this special fun run, and also was the first time we were able to hold an in-person event at Blenheim Palace since 2019.

Many taking part were families who have first-hand experience of the hospital, and the run was also boosted by hospital staff from across the NHS Trust taking part.

Gail Williams from Oxford Hospitals Charity said: ‘This year’s OX5 RUN was simply incredible, a real success, despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the last few years.

‘From supporters taking part in fancy dress, families running with their children, we saw first-hand what people were willing to do to help local children in hospital.

‘Now the final count of fundraising is in, all of the charity team are in awe of how the local community managed to raise so much money to make a difference for our young patients.

‘We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone helped us raise this incredible sum and of course to our event sponsors, Allen Associates, and also JACK FM Oxfordshire and Blenheim Palace for their incredible support. We can’t wait to see you again in 2023.’ 

Kate Allen, Managing Director of Oxfordshire recruitment agency Allen Associates, added: ‘We are incredibly proud to have sponsored and taken part in the OX5 RUN for the 13th year running. We never cease to be amazed by the sum of money that it raises to help thousands of young patients treated at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. 

‘The OX5 RUN has become an integral part of Oxfordshire life and a key event on the Allen Associates’ social calendar.   It really is a great way to unite families, friends and colleagues and work together to give back to our local children's hospital in support of all that they do.’

The Oxford Hospitals Charity team have now started planning their 2023 OX5 RUN event - which will mark the 21st anniversary for this local event.