Santa suits at the ready for the St Catherine’s sponsored festive dash!
Families, friends, workmates and children are being urged to get together and form teams for the return of the St Catherine’s Hospice Santa Dash and Rudolph Rumble fun runs.
The sponsored dash and rumble will start and finish at the hospice’s popular Christmas Festival on Sunday, 4th December, featuring festive stalls, an ice rink, winter warmers and mulled wine served by The Mill Outside – the outside catering arm of the charity’s onsite café – a Santa’s Grotto and live entertainment.
Head of trading and festival organiser Rachel Hewitt said: “Our Christmas Festival weekend is a wonderful occasion featuring a host of seasonal attractions to get everyone in the festive spirit.
“Our grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland for the first weekend of December, and one of the highlights is our Santa Dash on the Sunday. It’s a great sight as thousands of supporters don fancy dress for a two-mile run or walk around our grounds and Lostock Hall, helping to spread good will and festive cheer whilst raising vital funds for St Catherine’s.”
She added: “It costs £5.2m every single year to fund the charity, from our inpatient unit, Day Therapy service and Community Nurse Specialists who care for people in their own homes, to our Family Support Team who offer bereavement and emotional support, and provide positive opportunities for remembrance.
“We have to raise £3.5m of that huge total through fundraising efforts and from the backing of our wonderful communities, and our Christmas Festival and Santa Dash offer a chance for people to have lots of fun whilst supporting a really worthy, local cause.”
The two-mile Santa Dash, which is open to children and adults, and the half-mile Rudolph Rumble for children set off at noon.
Registration for the Santa Dash is £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s. Entry into the Rudolph Rumble is £5. All fees include a Santa suit or reindeer antlers and a red nose.
The Christmas Festival takes place from 11am until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th December. More details can be found here.
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