Santa Fun Run Raises £2713

December 9th 2017

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who took part in Saturdays Santa’s fun run in support of Sophie’s Appeal.  Over 100 people (and some pooches) braved the wet and chilly morning to complete the community 5k fundraiser across Valley Park in Chandlers Ford.

An amazing £2713.01 was raised, along with a cake sale and raffle, to help purchase items needed for Sophie’s Den opening at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in January 2018.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse helped marshal the event, while Frozen’s Anna and Elsa helped cheer runners on.

The date marked the 13th anniversary of 6-year-old Sophie losing her battle with Wilm’s disease.


Sophie’s mum, Lin Barringer, thanked participants on Facebook:

A massive thank you has to go to Kelly Griffiths for all her hard work in organising the Santa Fun Run, thanks also to 3D Health and fitness. What was always going to be a tough day for myself and Mike Barringer, was made easier by seeing all the love and support, from you wonderful people. A massive £2713.01 was raised AMAZING. Brilliant atmosphere, laughter, smiles and tears. Sophie, I think would have loved every minute and was certainly shining brightly today. Here’s to next years Santa Fun Run. Xxx

Sophie’s Dad, Mike Barringer:

Thanks to everyone who took part and helped us raise vital funds for our ongoing support of poorly children.
Very grateful to Kelly Griffiths and her team at 3D Health and Fitness for working so hard to make this the success that it was x

Sophie’s Appeal added:

A massive thank you to everyone who took part, donated hamper goodies, baked cakes, bought raffle tickets and gave their time to help at our Santa Fun Run today.
We were blown away by the overwhelming support shown, and raised a huge £2713.01! This will buy many items needed for Sophie’s Den which will be opening in January at RHCH, Winchester … a crucial treatment room for very poorly children.
Thank you everyone from the bottom of our hearts, with special love to Lin and Mike on the anniversary of Sophie’s passing … she would be very proud of all the hard work you do in her honour. ? x

Dr Ian Rodd was Sophie’s consultant:

Fantastic achievement. I remember it like it was yesterday, and cannot think of a better way to remember. The ward already is so much better when she was an inpatient all those years ago, and Sophies den is going to be awesome. Only last week I was explaining to a member of staff why it is called Sophie’s place, and every day I walk onto the ward, she reminds me to try to be the best I can.



Daily Echo news links:

We Didn’t Want Sophie to Die in Vain

Santas Turn out in Memory of Sophie (Photos)

Santa Fun Runs across Hampshire