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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Santas on the run deliver cash boost for Cumbrian children's hospice

Around 170 Santa Clauses came to town as fundraisers dressed up as Father Christmas in a festive dash for charity.

Carlisle Santa dash photo
Santas set off from Carlisle Castle

Adults, children and even dogs braved the cold and ice and donned Santa’s iconic red and white suit to run around Carlisle city centre on a frosty winter morning.

The ‘Santas on the Run’ event is held to raise money for Eden House Children’s Hospice, which is part of Eden Valley Hospice.

All those taking part gathered in the grounds of Carlisle Castle and warmed themselves up ahead of a 3 kilometre run that took in places including Bitts Park and Castle Street.

Katrina Sander, fundraising manager for community and events at Eden Valley Hospice, said of the Santas: “I think they are absolutely fantastic.

“They are very brave on an icy Sunday morning when they’d perhaps rather be tucked up in the warm.

“Event like this are really important. We couldn’t do without the community raising money for us.”

Lyn Horsfield was among a group of school workers and friends including staff from Upperby Primary School and James Rennie School in Carlisle.

She said: “I’ve got plenty of layers on under this suit. We’re doing this to raise some money for a good cause and it’s a bit of fun as well.”

Those taking part received a medal at the finishing line at Carlisle Castle, and there were prizes for children. There was also mulled wine and mince pies for those who fancied a festive treat to warm up.

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