Santas' presence a boost for hospice

By Sara Bryce

Monday, December 3, 2012

 

Santas' presence a boost for hospice

Hundreds of people took part in the Santa Dash for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Robin Crossley.

IT WAS beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ryde yesterday (Sunday) as more than 200 Santas took to the streets to raise money for the Isle of Wight's hospice.

The third annual Santa Dash along the seafront raised £3,000 for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, starting at The Pavilion Bar at the Superbowl for a flat circular 5k route.

Dani Johnson, events fundraiser for the hospice, said: "We had a beautiful day, it was really lovely to see everyone so jolly! It really kicks off the season."

Runners were given a Santa suit to run in as part of their £10 registration fee, and were awarded a festive medal and a home-made mince pie when they crossed the finishing line.

The event was organised by hospice fundraiser Ben Rust and Isle of Wight Round Table volunteers acted as marshals.

For more pictures and full coverage, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday , December 7.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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