Holy Cross Hospital has received a donation of £4,200 from the organisers of the 21st Boxing Day Run at Hindhead.

The money is the largest amount to have ever been raised by the 3.5-mile charity run which is held every year at Hindhead Common.

Over 600 people registered and paid to take part in the 2018 run with 9 out of ten turning up on the day to put their best foot forward.

Organiser Matt Dellar says: “The first run was held in 1997 and has become something of a tradition for many families. It also attracts serious runners who want to keep up their training during the festive season.

“We have always donated the proceeds of the run to Holy Cross Hospital and are delighted to continue to support this very worthwhile and local charity that constantly pushes the boundaries of recovery for its patients. I would like to thank the runners and the sponsors as it is through their support that we were able to donate such a large sum to Holy Cross Hospital.”

Holy Cross Hospital has been in Hindhead for over 100 years and originally treated patients with tuberculosis. Over the years it has evolved and is now a specialist hospital for people with very complex medical needs that have often been caused by profound brain injuries or serious neurological conditions.

Dr Ross White, Chief Executive at Holy Cross Hospital says: “My thanks go to Matt Dellar for organising another wonderful event. To receive over £4,000 is a tremendous result and both myself and the Friends of Holy Cross are thrilled.

“Money raised through fundraising is spent on projects that help us to maximise patients’ quality of life so everybody who supported the run can be assured that their contribution will be put to very good use.”

Over the years, money raised by the run has been put towards a variety of projects. The most recent was the installation of piped oxygen and suction in patients’ rooms, which was a complex scheme costing tens of thousands of pounds.