Dashing Santas will be on the run again
Fundraisers are urging families and four-legged friends to sign up
Charlotte Norris, from Broadlands Avenue, Chesham, has signed up for the Hospice of St Francis’ festive fundraiser on Sunday, December 13, after being inspired by the care the Berkhamstedbased charity gave her ‘second mum’ Stephanie Askem.
Mrs Norris, 38, said: “I took part last year with about 10 fellow Santas from the OurChesham Facebook group, and it was such good fun and a brilliant atmosphere. I did most of it with my friend Nigel and his two Husky dogs, who were great at pulling us round.
“Just being one of hundreds of Santas dashing around Hemel in their Santa outfits, raising money for such an amazing local cause was fantastic.
“The care they gave my best friend Ben’s mum Stephanie, who was like a second mum to me when I was growing up, and the support they gave to Ben’s whole family was second to none.
“Doing the Santa Dash is a reminder of how precious life is. Just by giving up a small amount of your time and donating what you can afford goes a long way to helping families who are going through a much tougher time than you, especially at Christmas.”
The Santa Dash starts at 10am in Riverside, Hemel Hempstead, when hundreds of Santas will set off to walk, dash, scoot or jog the 2.5 mile route.
Families, friends and even jingle dogs are being invited to follow Mrs Norris’ lead and sign-up to secure their place.
Hospice events organiser Maxwell-Braithwaite: “As well as hordes of Santas, last year we had huskies, pugs, cockapoodles and labradoodles dashing for us and are hoping even more well-behaved family dogs will join in the fun this year.
“The Santa Dash marks the start of Christmas celebrations for local people, it’s a fabulous family event, the real Santa Claus will be there and anybody can join the fun. There are spot prizes too for our top fundraisers, including a year’s family membership to Hemel’s Snow Centre and an hour’s family ski or snowboarding lesson – not to mention the Dasher’s Cup for our top fundraising school.”
It costs £35 for the whole family (including the dog) or £15 for adults and £5 for children, which includes Santa suits.
Every dasher will also receive a hot drink and mince pie at the finish line with treats for the children and dashing dogs.
Sign-up at www.stfrancis. org.uk/santadash.
To sponsor Mrs Norris visit www.justgiving.com/ Charlotte-Norris-Santa15. A CHURCH is set to reopen with a special ceremony following six months of refurbishment works.
In June this year, Holy Trinity Church in Prestwood closed to enable a major refurbishment project which involved the pews, altar, organ and other fittings being removed and the floor dug out and relaid. The work included underfloor heating and tiling being put in place, electrical circuits being replaced, new lighting installed and new toilet and kitchen facilities fitted. A new organ and altar will be in place in the near future, as well as new seating. Outside, a ramp has been built to the main entrance, and there will also be lighting along the path from the Lynch Gate to the church. The church will be reconsecrated by the Bishop of Buckingham at a service today (Thursday).
Regular services will return to the church in Sunday, December 13 at 8am and 9.30am.
Last year’s Chesham Charity Crazies team, which took part in the Santa Dash