100 crazy San­tas to make a dash for lo­cal hospice

Group comes to­gether for fancy dress fundrais­ing chal­lenge

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A TEAM of more than 100 adults and chil­dren will don red suits and white beards to take part in a Santa Dash for char­ity.

The group, rang­ing in age from six months to 50 years, from Che­sham, will run through Hemel Hemp­stead town cen­tre with hun­dreds of other San­tas – on two and four legs – at 10am on Sun­day, in aid of The Hospice of St Fran­cis.

The team has got to­gether through Che­sham Char­ity Cra­zies, a Face­book group set up by 44-year-old mother of four Claire Rooney, of Rush­mere Lane, Or­chard Leigh, as a way of en­abling the com­mu­nity to come to­gether be­hind ‘an amaz­ing lo­cal char­ity’.

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Mrs Rooney also got to­gether a team of 22 peo­ple through the OurChe­sham Face­book page in Oc­to­ber to take part in the hospice’s first Mud Pack Chal­lenge, rais­ing more than £10,000 for the char­ity.

She added: “We had so much fun that we de­cided we wanted to do some­thing else to support this amaz­ing lo­cal char­ity.

“The Santa Dash is ab­so­lutely per­fect be­cause we can all bring our kids – we can even bring our dogs, ev­ery­one can dress up as Santa and it’s just a fan­tas­tic way to get into the Christ­mas spirit.”

Mrs Rooney, who is mother to Malachy, nine, Lily, eight, Monty, two, and Ber­tie, six months, is urg­ing oth­ers to join them.

She added: “We al­ready have more than 100 peo­ple dash­ing, which is fan­tas­tic.

“If peo­ple want to join us, they just need to find us on Face­book and send a re­quest to join us.

“We’re not set­ting up a group fundrais­ing page – we’re just ask­ing ev­ery­one to reg­is­ter and set up [their own[ fundrais­ing page.”

The Santa Dash cov­ers a dis­tance of 2.5 miles and starts at 10am at River­side in Hemel Hemp­stead. To take part costs £15 for adults, £5 for chil­dren and £35 for a fam­ily, in­clud­ing the dog.

Santa out­fits are in­cluded and par­tic­i­pants are asked to raise as much as they can in spon­sor­ship.

Visit www.face­book. com/groups/Char­i­ty­cra­zies to join the Che­sham Char­ity Cra­zies, see www. stfran­cis.org.uk/san­tadash or call 01442 869 555.

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