SWARMS of people dressed in Santa suits and reindeer antlers ran through Swinley Forest to raise money for a very worthy cause.

The Thames Hospice festive Santa Dash saw 600 excited runners dressed in red suits, gather on Sunday, November 24

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Alison Evans, head of community and events fundraising, said: “Our annual Santa Dash is always such a great event which really kicks off the Christmas season."

The festive dash, supported by the Shanly Foundation, saw large groups taking part and people in pairs running with their best red costumes and flashing noses for the upcoming Christmas festivities.

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Teams from Worldwide Education, Charsley Harrison, End to End IT and Cadence also took part to show their support for Thames Hospice.

"There was a fantastic atmosphere and the sea of red Santa suits was a sight to behold against the beautiful forest.

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"Thank you to everyone who signed up and fundraised for us; the support we’ve been shown from our community and local organisations has been truly amazing this year.”

The charity also wants to thank the volunteers from Thames Valley Police and members of the Bracknell, Windsor and Maidenhead cadets for helping keeping it all together.

The Langley and Iver Rotary club served "delicious" hot food and drunks while people got to meet and greet Santa and his sleigh, organised by the Windsor Lions Club.