Top tips to get your fundraising off the start line

  • Connect Strava to your JustGiving page - it’s really easy to do and means everyone who visits your page can see your running efforts!
  • Tell your story – whether it’s a personal challenge, you have a connection to GOSH, or a combination of the two, update your fundraising page story to tell people why you’re taking part. Check out the downloads below, too.
  • Team up – create a team and invite friends and family to join you. Whether it’s a socially distanced run or a virtual team, we all know its better when we’re together.
  • Snap those selfies – we want to see you in action and so do your family and friends! Don’t forget to share your pictures using #RunningOffChristmas and tag us! We’re @GOSHCharity on Twitter, @greatormondst on Instagram.
  • Earn badges and show them off – you’ll automatically get your badges as you hit those big milestones on your Running off Christmas journey. The perfect time to shout about your successes.
  • Make the most of the festive cheer – if you’re the designated driver or having people around for dinner*, ask them to make a small donation to say thank you.

Spread the word about your challenge

Download your Running off Christmas toolkit to fundraising success.

Get your hands on some goodies!

The first 500 people to register for Running off Christmas AND raise £50 will receive one of our brand new, limited edition Running off Christmas t-shirts!

Everyone who raises over £100 by the end of February 2021 for their Running off Christmas challenge will receive a Running off Christmas medal.

Terms and Conditions apply.

* Please ensure all activity is adhering to current COVID-19 Government Guidelines around events and social distancing

Why your fundraising is so important

Emily’s 14-month-old daughter, Gigi, has Greig cephalopolysyndactyly syndrome (GCPS), caused by “de novo” genetic alteration – which means it’s new and hasn’t been seen in the family before.

As part of the condition, Gigi was born with syndactyly (joined digits) as well as extra digits. It’s for this reason she is under the care of Dr Gill Smith and other members of the plastic surgery team at GOSH.

To date, Gigi has undergone two bilateral surgeries as well as two dressing changes for her hands. She is due to have surgery on both of her feet when she is around 18 months old.

Taking Gigi to theatre for surgery was hard for Emily, – and yet she found some solace in a moment shared with GOSH staff just beforehand.

“To calm Gigi, I sang a nursery rhyme, and everyone joined in without thinking,” she recalls. “This was a beautiful moment and made me feel so safe leaving her in their hands.

“Gigi took her Iggle Piggle toy with her for surgery and, when she returned, Iggle Piggle also had bandages – just like her. It was the sweetest!” she adds.

Following this surgery, Gigi couldn’t use either of her hands to play or eat. “But having amazing resources on the ward, as well as the sensory room and play therapist on hand with toys was amazing,” Emily says.

“Travelling up from Devon was made so much easier with the option of staying at the hospital’s family accommodation too.”

During COVID-19, the family have had to re-dress and bandage Gigi’s hands at home.

“The nurses talked me through how to do this and gave me the self-belief I needed at the time to do an amazing job.”

Right now, Gigi is fit and healthy and awaiting her next surgery at home.

"She has recovered so well and loves playing her little piano and reading story books now her hands and fingers are fixed!"

This January, Emily and a team of her friends will be taking on Running off Christmas throughout January.

“I decided to sign up for Running off Christmas as a way to say thank you to the team at GOSH. They’ve undoubtedly already changed Gigi’s life, as she now has full mobility of her hands and can play!” Emily says.

“I plan to run around three miles, three times a week, although I am hoping to see if I can exceed the 31 miles over the month.”