Thames Hospice is calling on all supporters to kick off the festive season in style by donning a Santa suit and taking part in their own Santa Dash on Sunday 6 December 2020.
Berkshires longest-running Santa Dash is one of the highlights in the Hospices fundraising calendar and raises significant funds each year to support local people who need urgent hospice care over the Christmas period.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic the Santa Dash is unable to take place in Swinley Forest this year. Instead the Hospice is inviting supporters to do it their way and take on their own local walking or running route, covering a distance of either 3k, 5k or 10k, whilst adhering to the UK Government's social distancing guidelines.
Commenting on the announcement, Alison Evans, Head of Events and Community Fundraising, said: "Although we will miss kicking off the Christmas season together with our community, we hope that our supporters will enjoy their own festive fun dash. Everyone is welcome to get involved, whether it's in a local park, at the gym or on a treadmill in the living room!"
"We have never needed our wonderful supporters more than we need them now, so invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbours to take part and help us raise funds to provide local people with quality of life when they most need it."
Book before the 31st October to benefit from the charity's special early-bird offer of £10 per adult and £2.50 per child, after then the normal entry fee to take part in the Santa Dash apples: £15 per adult and £5 per child.
Anyone who raises over 100 in sponsorship will be awarded a medal, with those raising over 500 also receiving a special one-off Santa Dash event hoody. All participating adults will receive a Santa suit, and all children will receive reindeer ears to wear on their dash. Participants who are taking part in memory of a family member or friend can also download a bib for their suit to dedicate to their loved ones.