Children’s Hospice South West’s spectacular Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle will be returning to Bristol in a brand-new location this December.
Nearly 1,300 people took part in the last festive 2k fun run around Bristol Harbourside in 2019, raising around £35,000 in support of the charity’s Charlton Farm children’s hospice in Wraxall.
And after being held virtually last year due to the pandemic, organisers hope an army of fun runners and walkers will join them to raise cheer in their festive gear at Ashton Court on Sunday, December 5.
“We’re excited to be bringing our flagship fundraising event to beautiful the Ashton Court in our 30th anniversary year,” said CHSW fundraiser Kayley Waller.
“Our supporters did us proud during the pandemic, raising thousands of pounds across the region by taking part in virtual Santa runs with their families and friends at home.
“And while people will still be able to do a Santa run at home if they’d prefer to, we hope as many people will join us at Ashton Court as possible.
“Our festive, fun 2k course is suitable for all ages and abilities but be prepared to get muddy (think wellies and walking boots instead of your finest running trainers), it adds to the fun! And there will be plenty of festive surprises to enjoy along the way,” added Kayley.
Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle will be one of the charity’s first physical fundraising events for nearly two years. Social distancing measures will be in place, with the event starting at 1pm.
Santa suits are not being provided this year to help reduce the impact on the environment, and the registration fee has been reduced to £10 per adult, £5 per child (under twos are free).
“People really enjoyed the freestyle element of last year’s virtual event so we’re encouraging people to do the same at Ashton Court and be as creative as they like with their own festive costumes,” said Kayley.
“Whether you want to sleigh it like Santa, rock it like Rudolph, sock it like a snowman or twinkle like a Christmas tree, we can’t wait to see everyone’s festive outfits – there will be prizes for the best!
“Our new Ashton Court location will make for a brilliant festive family day out – the perfect way to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and help raise a few pounds for your local children’s hospice.”
CHSW, which was founded in 1991 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, supports more than 500 families across the South West. The charity provides respite, emergency, end-of-life and bereavement care and support for the whole family at Charlton Farm and its other two hospices in St Austell and Barnstaple.
It has adapted its care during the pandemic to ensure Covid-safe support wherever and whenever families need it, including for the first time ever, in families’ own homes.
“By taking part and raising money, you will be helping to provide vital care for local families who need our love and support now more than ever,” added Kayley.
Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle is kindly sponsored by The Exeter. To sign up for the Ashton Court event or to take part virtually, visit www.chsw.org.uk/santas
You can also join the Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/santasontherun