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Cornish charity is holding annual fun run with a difference

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Cornish charity is holding annual fun run with a difference

Published at 12:09pm 7th July 2020. (Updated at 12:27pm 7th July 2020)

With large participation events unable to take place, this year’s Merlin Fun Run will be held virtually with participants getting to choose their favourite location to run around.

The Merlin MS Centre is an independent Cornish charity located in mid-Cornwall and is the only purpose built facility in Cornwall that provides a comprehensive range of subsidised and affordable therapies for those whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The charity is also able to help those with other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

For the past five years the National Trust’s stunning Trelissick Gardens near Falmouth, has played host to the fundraising event, but as this is not possible this year, the charity has decided to still hold a fun run, but with a difference.

Participants are being encouraged to choose their own 1.5k or 3k route, which they can then complete by walking, running, cycling, hopping, jumping, or dancing, all to help raise funds for the Merlin MS Centre.

"Keeping active during Lockdown has been really important for people’s well-being so we want to encourage as many as people to take part. They can make it more fun by creating their own family bubble but must ensure they stay safe by keeping to COVID-19 Government guidelines.

We are disappointed that we cannot use the stunning location of Trelissick Gardens Parkland but there is fantastic scenery all over Cornwall – whether it be a coastal path, woodland walk, or river trial people simply need to get in their running shoes and register to participate".

Tamsin Chapman - Event Organiser 

Currently the Merlin MS Centre is offering its services online and continues to support people living with long term conditions and their families. The Centre has continued to provide an important service through daily contact, remote exercise programmes, advocacy and signposting to other support services.

Many of the service users have complex health needs and have struggled without the Centre being open.

The charity is planning a phased reopening from the 6th of July and to ensure the safety of service users they are trying to raise funds to cover additional costs of opening and adhering to social distancing rules.

This includes purchasing Personal Protective Equipment for therapy staff; providing sanitisers and wipes; paying for additional cleaning; putting up signage and funding the costs of staff who are currently furloughed.

Entry to the fun run is free but participants are asked to raise money to support the charity – anyone who raises £10 or above will receive a medal and anyone who raises £50 will get a bag and buff.

The top two fundraisers, and whoever runs with the best fancy dress, will also receive some great prizes!

Merlin Fun Run Medal

If you would like to help raise some money and get involved, head to to book your place.

If you'd like further information please email or drop the team a message on facebook.

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