San­tas claw through the crowds in an­nual dash

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

RECORD num­bers of Fa­ther Christ­mases on two and four legs cut a fes­tive dash through a town cen­tre on Sun­day to raise funds for the Hospice of St Fran­cis’ sev­enth an­nual Santa Dash.

Clear skies and La­p­land tem­per­a­tures pro­vided the per­fect back­drop for the fes­tive fun, which saw teams from all over Bucks and Herts tak­ing part, in­clud­ing mums, dads, kids on scoot­ers and even Husky dogs from the Che­sham Char­ity Cra­zies team.

“It was so much fun!” said Nigel Brand, from The Chase, Che­sham who dashed with his tinsel-clad Husky dogs Al­fie and Yukon, to­gether with around 450 oth­ers, who all came to­gether through the Che­sham Char­ity Cra­zies Face­book group.

“It was an amaz­ingly pos­i­tive at­mos­phere, run­ning with so many peo­ple who, in one way or another, have been touched by the mag­nif­i­cent work that the hospice does. The whole thing was truly as­tound­ing.”

Fel­low team mem­ber Louise Hob­ley, 37, from White Hill, Che­sham, dashed with her three-yearold son Ben “slightly faster than I wanted to be­cause he was on a scooter,” she laughed, “but it was re­ally good fun, Ben loved get­ting the choco­late hand-outs from the mar­shalls and he was so proud tak­ing his medal into school the next day.”

Vicki Bat­ter­bury, 42, from Fair Leas, was another mem­ber of the team, who took part with hus­band Ja­son, 43, and chil­dren Josh, 12, Am­ber, seven, and Jake, two, rais­ing

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