Ho ho ho! Oxford will glow red this weekend as more than 2,500 jolly Santas run, jog, walk, skip and dance their way round Helen & Douglas House’s annual fun run.
The ever-popular festive 3.5k is expected to be bigger and better than ever, with thousands gearing up to help the good cause of helping local terminally ill children and young adults.
The charity’s events fundraising manager, Hannah Barrett, said: “The Santa Run is such an atmospheric, wonderfully fun morning for the whole family.
“Seeing over 2,000 people dressed as Santas together running or walking through the beautiful city of Oxford is amazing.”
She added: “Taking part means that everyone has great fun at the start of the festive season, and at the same time they are helping raise money so that the charity can provide specialist care for terminally ill children and young adults.
“We rely on donations to run the hospice service and without the support of the community we would not be here for the families who need us.”
The 11th Helen & Douglas House Santa Run event starts in Broad Street at 9am on Sunday and goes through University Parks.
Last year 2,200 Santas of all ages donned bright red suits to help raise funds for the Oxford charity.
It costs more than £5million a year to run the two hospice houses in Oxford and provide its outreach nursing service.
It’s not too late to sign up for the festive fun and claim your free Santa suit to help raise important funds.
Entry for a family (two adults and two children) is priced at £58, while adults can join in the fun for £19 and children (aged five to 11) for £12. Under fives can take part for free.
Runners are also asked to raise £30 per Santa.
The event is wheelchair and buggy friendly – there will also be free goodie bags and mince pies.
For more information on this year’s event and to sign up visit tinyurl.com/yb58lwm4