Revellers take over Himley Hall for favourite fun run

On Friday evening, historic Himley Hall was overrun by local fundraisers taking part in the annual Neon Night Run.

The 5k fun run is one of the flagship annual events for the Mary Stevens Hospice, which cares for families battling the impact of life-limiting illnesses in the Dudley Borough, and brings 1000 people to the park each year to get dressed up and let loose at a neon party in memory of the people they love.

For the second year in a row, Lloyds Bank's SME Midlands Banking Team supported the event by providing more than 20 volunteers to marshal the race and covered the costs of the event in full, sponsoring the Hospice almost £4,000. Charlotte Schofield, Head of Fundraising & Lottery, Mary Stevens Hospice said:

“It’s just one of those infectious events that puts a smile on your face just thinking about it. Watching so many people come together, dressed in the wackiest and most wonderful outfits they can find is such a special thing to be a part of.

“Then, when it's all over and everyone has gone home, the legacy they leave through the money they've raised will make the most incredible difference to the families relying on our care.”

Immediately following the event, revellers took to social media to praise the Hospice for the evening and share their stories. Laura Fellows, Neon Night Run participant, said on Facebook:

“Thank you for an amazing night, you are all truly wonderful people.

“You looked after my Dad with the most unbelievable care and compassion at what was a terrible time. Can't thank you all enough.”

The Neon Night Run raised more than £25,000 in its debut year last year, and the final total for 2017 will be announced once all sponsorship monies have been collected and counted.

To find out more about other upcoming events for the Mary Stevens Hospice, please visit

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