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Great North Gallop is a Record Breaker.

Thank you so much to fundraiser Paul Donaghy, from Durham, who set a new Guinness World Record for the most two person pantomime animal costumes to run 100m at a racecourse, raising over £6,800 for the Hospice.

On the 31st August 2015, 64 two person pantomime animals raced half a furlong along the Gosforth Park track during the Blaydon Races Family Fun Day. In total 128 participants aged between seven and 77 were dressed in an array of pantomime costumes including horses, cows, reindeer and camels.

Paul tells us:

“The day of the Great North Gallop was fantastic - we were so well looked after by the staff at Newcastle Racecourse. The atmosphere during the day was great, everyone had a smile on their faces and the public at the races were all so supportive.

“The highlight of the day for me was when we were all back in the room after the gallop and the looks on everyone's faces was of such fun and enjoyment. It was so lovely to have family and friends together all joining in such a mad challenge, raising money for a great cause and then getting a medal!

“My mum Pat was a patient at St Oswald’s over 25 years ago and received wonderful treatment there. She was a passionate supporter of the Hospice and so the family have always maintained links and tried to support the charity as often as possible.”