The annual Santas on the Run in Bristol is back but not as you know it! Taking place over the weekend of the 11-13 December, supporters will be able to choose their distance, route and their festive dress.
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) who host the annual event, has taken the decision hold it virtually due to the pandemic.
Tamara Downes, Fundraising Manager at CHSW, said: “This year, Santas on the Run is going freestyle! Whilst we can’t all come together on Bristol Harbourside, together we can still spread some joy and laughter and we’d encourage everyone to go crackers with their festive fundraising! Whether you twinkle in tinsel or rock it like Rudolph, you can get creative with your costume and complete a distance of your choice, your way.”
The first Santas on the Run took place in 2009 and over the years it’s seen thousands of people join together in the city to raise funds for Bristol’s only children’s hospice facility, CHSW’s Charlton Farm. This year, participants are being asked to raise sponsorship or make a donation to enable the charity to continue to provide care for children and families when they need it most, whether that be in the hospice, at home, or virtually.
Tamara continued: “Over the weekend of 11-13 December we will have a warm-up for people to join online each day as well as a prizes for the best-dressed family, child and dog! Individuals who raise £15 or more will also receive a medal. It’s undoubtedly been a challenging year and we would encourage people to get involved however they like this Christmas but most importantly help us raise money for local families whose children are living with life-limiting conditions.”