Cheltenham's Boxing Day Challenge in aid of Winston's Wish

Date: Dec 26, 2018 10:30:00

Cheltenham’s Boxing Day Challenge 2018

returns to raise money for Winston’s Wish

Registration has now opened for the popular Boxing Day Challenge at Cheltenham Racecourse – now in its 10th year! The good people of Gloucestershire are once again invited to join in a Christmassy challenge and burn off some festive calories all in the name of a good cause. Cheerful challengers can choose to either walk, jog, run, trot or gallop the two or four-mile course for charity. And what better way to kick-start Boxing Day morning, than by grabbing a burst of fresh winter air with your nearest and dearest, and getting those endorphins flowing?

This fun and family-friendly challenge, which will be held at Cheltenham’s Racecourse starts at 10:30am on 26th December 2018, is open to all ages and levels of fitness, from children to competitive runners - with dogs more than welcome!

Pre-registration tickets are £9 for adults and £5 for children, which are available to buy in advance from the Winston’s Wish website Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day at £12 for adults and £6 for children.

For the first time this year, participants are also being offered the chance to fundraise, should they wish to further support the charity, and to secure a Winston’s Wish t-shirt or running top for keeps. For helpful fundraising tips and tricks, a downloadable pack is also available through the Winston’s Wish website.

Malaney Varaljay-Boyce, Head of Regional Fundraising and Events at Winston’s Wish, said:

With almost 900 people joining us at last year’s challenge, it’s great to see that the Boxing Day Challenge has become a regular fixture in the diary for the people of Cheltenham and the rest of Gloucestershire. It’s only an hour or so out of people’s mornings, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to come together with others for some fresh air and festive fun during the season of indulgence! We’re exceptionally grateful to Specialist Aviation Services who has sponsored the event this year, meaning that we can continue to put on this great day and raise towards the vital funds we need to support bereaved children.”

The Boxing Day Challenge is an annual event that raises money for Cheltenham-based charity, Winston’s Wish, which helps thousands of bereaved children every year across the UK. Every day in the UK, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent. The death of a loved one is one of the most traumatic situations a child can face. Through the work of Winston’s Wish, a bereaved child can receive the support they need to make sense of what has happened and begin to learn to live with their loss. The charity relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and needs to raise over £2.5 million every year in order to continue to help as many children and young people as possible.

Winston’s Wish is also looking for volunteers to help out on the day with registration, refreshments and to cheer on the runners. To find out more about volunteering opportunities or to register to take part in the Boxing Day Challenge 2018 visit Or email


Notes to Editor

  • Every day, more than 100 children are bereaved of a parent in the UK. The death of a loved one is the most fundamental loss a child will ever face. Each year, Winston’s Wish reaches thousands of bereaved children and young people through an array of dedicated services.

 Bereavement can have a lasting effect on the child’s emotional well-being and lead to a variety of short and long term problems. The right support at the right time can enable bereaved young people to live with their grief and build positive futures.

Winston’s Wish

  • was the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK and have been at the forefront of support for bereaved children. Through a range of support in individual and group settings, via a Freephone National Helpline, online support and publications, we’ve helped ensure that grief does not destroy a child’s future.

  • understands the impact of bereavement at a young age and has developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. It offers specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community.

Winston’s Wish relies entirely on voluntary donations. We need to raise over £2.5 million each year so we can continue to help as many of these children as possible.

The Winston’s Wish Freephone National Helpline, staffed by clinical practitioners, provides guidance and information for anyone supporting a bereaved child – 08088 020 021, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. Calls to the helpline are free.

For further information please contact Sarah Egerton | Marketing & PR Officer | | 01242 807033

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Venue: Cheltenham’s Racecourse