Dash­ing San­tas will be on the run again

Fundrais­ers are urg­ing fam­i­lies and four-legged friends to sign up

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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

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