Dames run will go ahead, says hospice

A promotional picture for the fun run
A promotional picture for the fun run
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A complaint about a fund-raising fun run organised by a children’s hospice - in which men will dress as women - has been resolved “amicably”.

Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley plans to stage the 5k event – called Dames On The Run – in October.

But outraged Chrysalis Transsexual Support Groups wanted it stopped, claiming it was “dehumanising”.

Lancashire police were alerted when it was suggested the race could be a possible “hate crime” but have now said they are taking no further action.

The run, set to take place in Chorley’s Astley Park, is to raise money for the hospice, which cares for sick and terminally ill children.

A spokesman for Derian House said a meeting had taken place between a hospice boss and the person who complained yesterday and that the issue had been resolved amicably.

In a statement, the hospice said: “Derian House were shocked to learn that our new flagship Dames On The Run event had been reported as a potential hate crime.

“We are delighted that Lancashire Police have confirmed they are not treating it as such, and are therefore not investigating further.

“We would like to say thank you for the overwhelming messages of support we have received since we launched the event, which draws on the much-loved pantomime dame character. Dames On The Run is a celebration of the amazing and selfless work done by all the Derian dads, who do so much to hold their family together in the face of their child’s devastating illness.

“As a children’s hospice we receive only seven per cent of our £3.5m target from the government, making the success of fund-raising events such as this absolutely vital.

“We look forward with great anticipation to the 5k race on Sunday, October 11 in Astley Park, and invite men from all walks of life to enter and run dressed as their favourite pantomime dame.

“You can find more information and enter online at www.derianhouse.co.uk/dames or by calling our fund-raising ream on 01257 271271.”