Santa Dash back in aid of Haven

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews - BY ABIGAIL DONOGHUE abigail.donoghue@trin­i­tymir­ @abidonoghuee

THE Hal­ton Haven Hospice an­nual Santa Dash fun run is com­ing back for its eighth year.

The event will take place at Vic­to­ria Park, Widnes, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, and is spon­sored by Quay Pharma.

When the event be­gan it took run­ners over the Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge – but since 2015, due to traf­fic lev­els and now its cur­rent clo­sure, the run has been at Vic­to­ria Park.

Ev­ery­one tak­ing part in the event re­ceives a Santa suit to wear for the run, cre­at­ing an im­pres­sive sight as hun­dreds of San­tas dash the three and a half lap route. Upon fin­ish­ing, run­ners will be given a medal and a cel­e­bra­tory mince pie.

The event takes place di­rectly be­fore Panto In The Park, where vis­i­tors can meet the stars of Beauty And The Beast, the pan­tomime tak­ing­place this year at The Brind­ley over Christ­mas.

Chris An­drews, se­nior fun- drais­ing man­ager at Hal­ton Haven, said: “We’re so ex­cited that the Santa dash is back this year! It’s be­com­ing a pop­u­lar tra­di­tion in the area, some­thing which our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties en­joy be­ing a part of and us­ing as a way to sup­port their hospice.

‘‘The fundrais­ing ef­forts of last year’s run­ners saw over £7,000 raised for the haven and we’re hop­ing to top that this year! We are de­lighted to con­firm a new spon­sor this year too, with Quay Pharma kindly sup­port­ing the event. We’re very grate­ful for their sup­port and con­tri­bu­tion to the Santa dash.

“We’ve been keep­ing a close eye on the progress of the Sil­ver Ju­bilee Bridge and there is a chance that this year’s Santa dash may be the last in Vic­to­ria Park be­fore go­ing back over the bridge again. No guar­an­tees but ● we’ll be work­ing hard to have the Santa dash on the bridge again as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Spon­sor Quay Pharma is an in­de­pen­dent, pri­vately owned com­pany with sci­en­tific ex­per­tise in clin­i­cal tri­als.

Or­gan­ised by Hal­ton Haven Hospice, the event is to raise funds for the care they pro­vide. The spon­sor­ship raised by run­ners al­lows the hospice to con­tinue for peo­ple in Hal­ton who are liv­ing with life­lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

Only half of the hospice’s £2.5m an­nual run­ning costs are cov­ered by Gov­ern­ment fund­ing. The re­main­ing £1.25m is raised by lo­cal peo­ple who take part in spon­sored events and make do­na­tions.

Any­one want­ing to take part in the Santa dash can reg­is­ter a twww.hal­ton­have. or con­tact the Hospice fundrais­ing team on 01928 712 728 or fundrais­ing@hal­ton­

Steve Dock

A host of San­tas tak­ing part in last year’s dash

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