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Patrick joins the Santa Run!

There are various ways of getting into the Christmas spirit, but for the Bligh family it involved getting their Santa Claus gear on and racing two and a half kilometres through the streets of Maidstone town centre.

Patrick Bligh, a solicitor in Gullands’ Criminal Department, his wife Elizabeth and son David, joined the Santa Run in aid of The Heart of Kent Hospice, where Elizabeth is a trustee.

“We thought it was a good way of raising money for the hospice as well as getting into the spirit of Christmas,” said Patrick. “There were loads of us dressed up as Santa Clauses and taking part in the race on Sunday November 22nd.”

The hospice, which needs nearly £3 million a year to operate, provided all the costumes for the participants.

Patrick’s wife, who uses her professional name of Elizabeth Howe, is General Counsel to the International Association of Prosecutors, and has been awarded the OBE.  She continues to work with the Crown Prosecution Service on attachment.                                  

“I’m not saying our efforts match those of my colleagues in the Criminal Department, Spencer Stacey who undertakes long distance cycle rides and Catherine Bond who is a marathon runner, both of whom have raised considerable amounts for charity.

“Our race was only 2.5k but our training did involve lots of ‘Ho Ho Hos’ while running,” joked Patrick. In fact you can read about Spencer’s latest exploits in aid of the hospice elsewhere in this newsletter.