A group of six Suffolk businesses have signed up to sponsor the Piglet, Junior Hog taking place later this month, ensuring money raised has the maximum impact on care and support provided by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Piglet, Junior Hog is an entry level version of the popular Whole Hog and Boss Hog events. It takes place at Wantisden Hall, near Woodbridge, and allows families to run together over 2.5km or 4km, tackling 10 plus or 20 plus mud and water obstacles respectively along the way. The first ever staging in 2019 raised £12,000 for EACH. Last year’s was postponed and is now set to happen on Sunday, 25 July.
Taylor Wimpey East Anglia, the housebuilder based out of Bury St Edmunds, is the main event sponsor. Each obstacle has its own sponsor, too, with printing company Healeys, chartered surveyors Clarke & Simpson, auctioneers and valuers Bishop & Miller, hotel, golf course and spa Ufford Park, and climbing centre Clip ‘n Climb all involved.
Caroline Carter, Taylor Wimpey East Anglia Sales and Marketing Director, said: “EACH is a fantastic charity and we’re delighted to be able to continue to offer our support by sponsoring the Piglet, Junior Hog event. Our work across East Anglia brings us into contact with many families who may one day benefit from the care and compassion shown by the charity’s staff and volunteers. We’re looking forward to the event and hope the participants raise plenty of money for EACH.”
Becky Redbond, EACH Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We’ve got over 500 signed up so far and we’d love to see more given the fantastic support of Suffolk businesses means EACH will get the maximum funding boost from this event.
“Anyone who took part two years ago will know there’s great fun to be had, with the courses featuring obstacles like cargo nets, tunnels, rivers and monkey bars. It’s extra special that parents can bring along their children to not only watch, but also take part. The event is suitable for Whole Hog and Boss Hog fans looking to do a shorter route, too, and we’re, of course, taking every possible precaution in relation to COVID.”
She added: “Our events usually bring in around £275,000 a year, so they were sorely missed in 2020. We’ve been the Whole Hog charity partner since 2017 and we were absolutely delighted when the organisers, Eight Point Two, decided to take their support a step further in 2019. As a first-time event the Piglet, Junior Hog was a resounding success and we hope for a similar result this time as we begin moving out of the pandemic.”
EACH remains the charity partner of the more established Whole Hog and people can run in aid of the charity when taking on the Boss Hog, too. Those events are set for Sunday, 10 October this year, also at Wantisden Hall.
Runners in the Piglet, Junior Hog will set off in waves at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am and 11.30am. Tickets range in price from £12.50 to £17.50. Everyone will receive a medal. For more information and to book tickets go to www.each.org.uk/piglet. EACH is also asking people interested in volunteering to get in touch.