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Thames Hospice supporters make the biggest sea of Santas in Berkshire

Hundreds of supporters suited up for Thames Hospice’s festive Santa Dash at Swinley Forest, Bracknell, on Sunday 25 November.

The annual 5k or 10k fun run, once again generously supported by the Shanly Foundation, attracted almost 800 participants dressed in Santa suits, reindeer antlers, flashing noses and even their own festive creations.

This year saw many large groups taking part, including a magnificent party of over 60 celebrating a special birthday, as well as teams from Waitrose and Partners, Cadence and leading healthcare organisation Abbott, based in Maidenhead.

Alison Evans, Head of Community and Events Fundraising, said:Our annual Santa Dash is one of our supporters’ favourite Hospice events as it kicks off the start to the festive period. There was a fantastic atmosphere and the sea of red suits was such a spectacle against the stunning forest backdrop. Thank you to everyone who signed up; the support we’ve been shown from our community and local organisations has been truly amazing this year.”

Santas crossed the finish line and received a medal and mince pie, courtesy of Connect Catering. The charity would also like to thank its incredible volunteers who helped on the day, which included help from the Thames Valley Police, members of the Thames Valley Police Cadets and the Rotary Club of Windsor St. George. The support of the community means that more of the funds raised can be used to support local people with life-limiting illnesses.

The Santa Dash Team would like to remind supporters that there is still time to raise sponsorship and all the money raised will help to provide local people with quality of life, until the end of life, throughout Christmas and beyond.

For more information on Thames Hospice’s upcoming events, please click here.