Ho Ho Hospice Run…

Nearly 500 Santas of all ages transformed Mercedes-Benz World into a festive Winter Wonderland on Sunday as they took part in our annual Santa Fun Run. Some ran, whilst others walked the 2.5km or 5km course, and a great time was had by all at the family event. Christmas songs from Herd of Sax added to the festive atmosphere and the fancy dress competition meant that several reindeers and elves were also spotted on the day.

Many were taking part to kick start the festive season, and it was the third time that Group Managing Director of the Woking based print and communications company Optichrome, Natalie Stephens, was back with many of her colleagues and their families to support the cause. ‘Last year was so much fun so even more staff along with their families are here today. The children are also very excited to be back and they love the medals they received at the finish line,’ explained Natalie, whose father was cared for in his own home by our Hospices’ Community Team.

For Emma Mason, who also will be running the London Marathon for us in April, the event was extra special. ‘We sadly lost my mum to motor neurons disease on the 20th November and the Hospices have just been incredible, so myself and my five year old son just want to give back as much as we can. It has been a fabulous event, a beautiful day to support such a fantastic cause and it has been great to be here.”

Thirteen year old Corban Forrest was first over the finishing line followed closely by his cousin, 10 year old Brayden Kerr. The prize for the best children’s fancy dress went to 3 year old Benjamin du Toit, who was dressed as Batman.

Events Fundraising Manager Danielle Le Cuirot was delighted with the turn out; ‘It was a perfect day for us, with the sun shining, blue skies, and a very festive atmosphere. I would like to thank Heaters Bakery in Bisley and ‘the bakery’ in East Horsley, who along with M&S Brooklands supplied all the refreshments. Huge thanks also goes to our wonderful team of volunteers, who helped make it such a festive and smooth running event, and to St Johns Ambulance and Surrey Raynet, who looked after our Santas out on the route and made sure they all made it safely across the finish line.’

Nuffield Health helped warm up the crowds with squats and lots of belly laughs before the Hospices’ Interim Chief Executive, Jayne Cooper, thanked everyone for supporting the charity and its nurses who will be working 24/7 over the festive period.

You will soon be able to see all the photos in our Facebook album.

See what other fundraising events we have coming up here.