Santas Raise £8,000 of Festive Cheer!
By CHSW_ | Monday, December 02, 2013, 16:55
Sunday morning saw nearly 250 people don their Santa Suits and run 2km around St Austell all in aid of Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) on their 3rd annual Santas on the Run fun run.
Throughout the morning Aylmer Square filled up with friends, colleagues and entire families including dogs and little ones in pushchairs who were all getting ready for the run. Radio St Austell Bay played festive songs during the morning and Mount Charles Youth Band entertained everyone with Christmassy tunes.
After a warm up by Petra Rowden-Harvey of Inspirational Fitness, it was announced that the Santas had pledged a whopping £8,000 in sponsorship and this got everyone motivated to complete the route around the town and be part of this fantastic festive spectacle.
Events Fundraiser Sarah Stott from CHSW said "We are absolutely thrilled that so many people took part in the Santa event and pledged to raise such a fantastic amount for our beautiful hospice, Little Harbour - everyone really enjoyed themselves! We are just so grateful to everyone who took part as a runner, marshal or volunteer - we couldn't have done it without you all. Once again, we had members from St John Ambulance, the Lions Club of St Austell and Fowey River Lions there, helping us keep everyone safe, so a huge thank you to them."
As Santas completed the route, they were welcomed back to White River Place and congratulated on their efforts with a festive treat and a medal to complete the Santa's on the Run experience.
St Austell's 2013 Santa's on the Run was generously sponsored by The Ocean Group Ltd whose employees also completed the run on Sunday. Jo Lamprell, Ocean's Employment Support Coordinator says "what a better way to start the festive season, than raising some cheer and money for a fantastic cause. A thoroughly enjoyable day."
The vital funds raised from the fantastic sponsorship gained from Santa's on the Run will go towards the care and support provided to families with children who have life limiting conditions and need the hospice's support for planned respite breaks as well as emergency and end of life care. £8000 will go a long way to helping sustain the care and support that can be offered to families who use Little Harbour; CHSW's 'Hospice by the Sea'.