The Dames are back on the Run

Grab your frocks guys, as Dames On The Run is making a return next month to help raise cash for Derian House.

Thursday, 8th September 2016, 9:46 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 6:06 pm
Last year's Dames on the Run

Following the success of last year’s inaugural men-only Dames on the Run 5K, the pantomime-themed event returns to Astley Park, Chorley, on Sunday October 9, in support of the amazing dads whose children are cared for at the children’s hospice.

First out of the blocks to sign up for this great event has been dedicated Derian fund-raiser Wayne Gaskell.

The 50-year-old has shed an incredible 12.5 stones in three years to slip into his costume and complete the run with colleagues from Smiths Britten Ltd bathroom distribution centre, where he works as a van driver.

Wayne Gaskell after he lost 12.5 stone

Wayne, a father-of-two, said: “I have been shedding the pounds with the support of Weight Watchers consultant Claire Bond after topping the scales at 30 stone-plus with a 60in waist.

“I’d always been overweight but it had just got worse and worse. I manage my weight through healthy eating and exercise, including Park Runs and triathlons.

“In fact, Wayne has already raised more than £1,200 for Derian House through completing triathlons.

“Fund-raising for Derian House like this keeps me focused on my goal and I know the money is going to a great place that helps so many children and families.”

Wayne Gaskell before he lost 12.5 stone

Wayne is still selecting his costume for the men-only run which celebrates the great tradition of the British Pantomime Dame and the hospice calling on all dads, brothers, uncles and nephews to get together with their family, friends and workmates to choose the right frock, pull on a wig, grab a handbag and finish off the look with a splash of make-up – the wackier the better.

Susie Poppitt, head of fund-raising for Derian House, said: ”Whether you’re a member of a theatre group, rugby team, fire fighter or policeman, accountant, train driver or teacher, this is the event for you.

“Last year’s event was one of the highlights in our fund-raising calendar and really brought people together.

“It’s a great way to let your hair down and have some fun as well as honouring the dads who are often the unsung heroes at Derian House.”

Wayne Gaskell after he lost 12.5 stone

On the night there will be prizes on offer for the winner of the 5K run, best dressed dame and there’s even a photo competition.

Contact the fund-raising team for a registration pack, or sign up online using Eventbrite on Derian House’s Facebook page.

Early bird entry is £10. Standard entry is £15. The event starts at 10.30am.

All money raised will help provide crucial care and support for children with terminal or life limiting illnesses and their families throughout the North West.

Wayne Gaskell before he lost 12.5 stone

For details on Derian House's other fund-raiser, Sleep Walk Under The Stars click here last year's launch story of the Dames on the Run click here