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Claus out for annual charity Santa Dash – with a Covid-friendly twist

Oakhaven Hospice is appealing for people to take part in its annual Santa Dash
Oakhaven Hospice is appealing for people to take part in its annual Santa Dash

MERRY hordes of Santa Clauses are being urged to take on a revamped version of a popular festive fundraising fun run.

For the past 10 years, Oakhaven Hospice’s annual Santa Dash has seen hundreds of people flock to Lymington High Street to complete a 3km circuit dressed as Father Christmas.

With the ongoing pandemic making the event impossible this year, the hospice is inviting people to complete a 3km course within their households over seven days from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th December.

During the Santa Dash Week, participants can don their Kris Kringle or other yuletide garb to run, walk, cycle, sail or row.

Oakhaven fundraising manager Melanie Stone said: “This has been an incredibly difficult year for the hospice with many of our fundraising events cancelled.

“Santa Dash is a fun event that brings the community together. It is loved by everyone and really marks the start of Christmas.

“We are disappointed that the official event cannot take place. However, we’re excited to be giving our community the chance to have some fun dressed as Santas.”

She added: “Our fundraising team will be keeping track of all the dashing Santas throughout the week and posting photos on our social media and website. So please do send us your photos and let’s all help spread some much-needed Christmas cheer.”

Registration costs £5, with all funds benefiting the Pennington-based charity which provides specialist palliative care and support to those facing life-limiting illness.

For more information, to register and order Santa suits, visit www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk/santa-dash

Also on Monday is the hospice’s Light up a Life service of remembrance, being shared at 6pm at www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk/light-up-a-life

For further details contact Mrs Stone by calling 07923 173770 or emailing melanie.stone@oakhavenhospice.co.uk

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