Fire crew join forest dash for hospice cash
Published: 3 Nov 2013 09:300 comments
The Thames Hospice Santa Dash takes place on Sunday, November 24,
with scores of Santa suit-clad runners following a 5km course through Bracknell’s
Bracknell firefighters are among those taking part in this year’s run, with The White Watch crew, from the Downshire Way fire station, ditching their firefighting equipment to don a very different kind of suit for the day.
Firefighter Stephen Blackman, from White Watch, said: “We are happy to do whatever we can to support the Santa Dash. It is a fun event, for a great cause, and we hope as many residents as possible register from Bracknell
So far, 114 adults, 11 children and four dogs are
registered to take part in the annual event.
Amelia Slaughter, community and events fundraiser, said: “The Santa Dash is the biggest event in our fundraising calendar. The support shown by the people of Bracknell in the past has been incredible and we hope this year will be no different.
“As well as adults and kids races, this year we are inviting dogs to enter too, so it really is an event for all the family!”
All those taking part will be given a Santa costume and the race – which starts and finishes at The Look Out off Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell – is open to anyone aged 12 and above. Children aged five-11 can run the 2.2km race before the main Santa race, which starts at 11am. It costs £20 per adult; £5 per child; £5 per dog; or a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £45.
For information or to register, visit thameshospice.org.uk/Santa or call 01753 848963.
Thames Hospice provides expert medical, nursing and therapeutic care to adults in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire with life-limiting illness through its hospice in Windsor and day centre at the Heatherwood Hospital site in Ascot.
Services are provided free of charge and, with the Government providing 20% of its £5.5m annual costs, the charity relies heavily on donations and fundraising from the public.