Join the Elf Run on Sunday to make dreams like Emma's come true

As part of Gourock’s Festive Weekend, a number of people will be taking part in a special Elf Run which leaves from the Gourock Outdoor Pool at 11am on Sunday where any distance up to approx 5k can be run or walked to raise funds for the children and young people’s charity Dreams Come True Inverclyde. The funds will be used to create more local dreams come true ... dreams like the one young Emma Mackintosh experienced and loved.

Emma from Inverclyde is a young girl with complex life-limiting conditions, which means she needs constant care. Emma has very limited mobility and communication but her parents have noticed one thing that particularly brings a smile to her face.

Mum (Eleanor) and Dad (Rory) are motorsport fans and often take Emma along. They have noticed that Emma really responds - smiling and moving around and think it is a combination of the sounds, sights and smells. Mum and Dad were keen to maximise this opportunity for Emma so her dream was to get to the Festival of Speed at Goodwood in Sussex.

This was an ideal event as it offered the chance to get really close up to lots of racing cars and make a full day of it.

The Goodwood officials were great and couldn’t have been more supportive and went to great lengths to to organise a special day for Emma. They gave the family complimentary tickets, parking and access to the family area, which was very important given Emma’s needs. Tea was also provided in the top paddock.

As you can see from the photos, Emma really enjoyed her experience and afterwards, the family said,

‘We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in making our trip to the Festival of Speed and for all the hard work in putting all the pieces together. Emma had a brilliant day.’

Chris Jewell, volunteer for Dreams Come True said, ‘We would encourage as many people as we can to come out on Sunday and join the Elf Run so we can make more dreams come true in the future. You can register beforehand at or at local shops Treasured at 60 and 66 Cardwell Road, The Pirate and Bluebell at 23 Kempock Street or Studio Flowers at 69 Kempock Street. Or register at 10.30am at the Outdoor Pool top entrance on the day.

Thanks to all who can take part.

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Author: Hannah

Date: 01/12/2017

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