Local charity, Willen Hospice, were delighted to welcome young families to their popular Mini Moo event on Sunday 7th August, kindly sponsored by My Milton Keynes.

Over 100 families took part in the Mini Moo, with children choosing to run, scoot or walk one or two sponsored laps of Willen Lake North. The event has raised an amazing £8,000 so far, and organisers are encouraging young fundraisers to continue raising money for the charity during the summer holidays.

Nikki Poole, Willen Hospice Events and Community Fundraising manager said, “We are blown away by how much our Mini-Mooers have raised for the Hospice already. Some of these children have had parents, grandparents, and other family members and friends cared for by the Hospice, and others just want to get involved in supporting their local community with a fun event. We are truly grateful for the support from these local families.”

The Mini Moo was the final of three Summer of Moo events, which included The Midday Moo in June, and the Midnight Moo in July.

Oli Hiscoe, Associate Director of Income Generation, said “The long-term impact of COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis has caused a drop in event participation numbers nationwide, and we haven’t escaped this. However, we are so proud of our local community who continue to show up for us, and more importantly fundraise for this wonderful charity. I’m pleased to say our Summer of Moo events have raised almost £80,000 for Willen Hospice, and sponsorship is still coming in. This is an amazing amount which will help us to provide the free, compassionate care we are so well known for.”

“I would like to say a huge thank you to our Summer of Moo headline sponsors, Marshall Amplification, Specsavers MK and My Milton Keynes and our amazing supporters, staff, suppliers and volunteers, who not only made these events possible but a fantastic success.”

Willen Hospice needs to raise £4.7 million every year, that’s £9 a minute, to continue providing holistic, palliative care to patients at the Hospice and in the community. Visit the Willen Hospice website to view upcoming events and other ways to support the charity. To find out more about becoming an event sponsor, email corporate@willen-hospice.org.uk