St Luke’s Hospice have announced the return of the fun and festive Santa Dash on Sunday 12 December.
After a one year hiatus, families, friends, schools and businesses are all invited to join over 300 smiling Santas as they walk, run and dash through a 5K stretch of Pinner.
It’s quite a sight! Santa suits are provided as part of the registration fee and all funds raised will support over 1600 local people in Harrow and Brent needing end of life care each year.
A popular and hugely successful way of raising much needed funding for the Hospice, the event will be making a jolly and very welcome return.
Santa Dash is the perfect way to capture the spirit of the season. Embrace the joy as you don your Santa suit, enjoy Christmas songs and mince pies at the race start/finish, and take on the dash surrounded by volunteer marshals to keep you safe.
Enjoy hot drinks along the way and make friends with fellow Santas. You’ll even get a finishers medal for taking part for this wonderful cause.
For the sixth year running we are pleased to announce that Nower Hill High School is hosting this event and that Covid safety precautions will be in place.
A crucial moment in our fundraisingcalendar, the care of 6 out of 10 of our patients is directly funded by donations and people taking part in events.
The last Santa Dash in 2019 raised over £25,000 and we are hopeful of beating that this year with capacity for over 350 local people to join in the fun.
George Nagle, Assistant Headteacher at Nower Hill commented: “The Santa Dash is always a fun filled festive event fuelled by real Christmas spirit! All are welcome. Seeing over three hundred Santas in their splendid red suits and white beards (accompanied by assorted pet dogs wearing tinsel) is a great way to start Christmas celebrations.
“Do join us. Strolling or gentle walking is allowed, and it is guaranteed that you’ll smile all the way to Pinner Village and back.
Local resident, Angela Egan has been taking part in the Santa Dash for many years now and has raised thousands of pounds for St Luke’s. She started taking part in events to say thank-you to the Hospice after her husband sadly passed away when he was just 33.
After the Santa Dash, she and her friends go on a pub crawl with St Luke’s buckets to raise extra money.
Angela says: “People should take part in the Santa Dash because most people nowadays will know somebody who has been affected by cancer and know how hard the staff at hospices work in order to make sure those patients are cared for in their final few days.
“Not only that, but they also look after the families extremely well. The staff were so good to us; they looked after us as well as the patients.”
Registration is £10 for under 16s and £15 for adults. Book your places at www.stlukes-hospice.org/santadash or phone 020 8382 3112.