Osborne Run with Mountbatten was due to be held on 28 June 2020, but will now be held at a date later in the year when circumstances allow.
“The event has become a firm family favourite, held in the wonderful grounds of the Island’s Osborne House,” said Nigel Hartley, Mountbatten CEO, “so I’m sure this will be a disappointment to many. However, with so much uncertainty about how government restrictions will continue to impact on all of our lives over the coming months, our only option is to hold events such as this one later this year.”
Each year, Osborne Run raises thousands of pounds that goes towards looking after people not just on the hospice ward but across the Island, in their own homes and care homes, and at St Mary’s Hospital.
Nigel added: “The financial losses we are experiencing due to the coronavirus pandemic mean there is a risk of not being able to offer as much of our expert Mountbatten care and support as Islanders deserve and need. There is a very real concern about how we can sustain our services into the future; despite the recent financial support for hospices announced by the government, this funding will not cover all of the losses we’re experiencing through event cancellations and the closure of our shops.
“We have seen an extraordinary growth in support from the Island in recent weeks and my appeal to the community is still to sign up to Osborne Run, in whatever format it will be held later this year,” he said.
A new date of Sunday 13 September 2020 has been tentatively set as an alternative and registration is currently open for participants to sign up to the event.
“No matter what happens, we must still plan ahead as if this event will happen later this year,” Nigel said. “Given the extraordinary financial pressures we face, we hope that people continue to sign up in the knowledge that we will still stage an event, whether at Osborne or virtually. We need your support more than we have ever done before.”
A coronavirus appeal in support of Mountbatten’s work has so far raised over £100,000.