A much-loved 'mini marathon' has announced it will return to Greenwich Park for its 11th year in May.

Organised by the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, the Mini Marathon fundraising event is set to return on Sunday, May 12.

The event provides an opportunity for young 'hospice heroes' between 5 and 16 years old to participate.

Donning fancy dress and running shoes, hundreds of children each year jog or walk 2.62 miles around the park, showing their community spirit.

This year is particularly important for the charity as they celebrate 30 years of supporting those living with terminal illnesses.

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Last year, more than 900 children ran the mini marathon and helped to raise £49,862 for the charity.

The hospice hopes to exceed that number this year and plans to make the event more engaging and rewarding to further support local patients when they most need it.

Event Manager Augusta Adu shared her excitement for the yearly event.

She said: "We are thrilled to be back in Royal Greenwich Park for our 11th consecutive year.

"Seeing hundreds of children passionately running 2.62 miles to support our vital hospice care and support services is truly inspirational and is why this event holds such a special place in my heart."

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"I love that the Hospice Mini Marathon unites the community for an amazing day out in a stunning setting.

"Here's to another year of compassion, resilience, and creating beautiful memories together."

Amid 30th anniversary celebrations, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice says that they are grateful to everyone who have supported their work.

The hospice emphasised how much of a difference the funds raised from the mini marathon will make to the lives of patients, families, and carers.

For more information, or to sign up for the mini marathon, visit Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice's website.