Nearly 350 people dressed as Father Christmas for the annual Katharine House Hospice Santa Fun Run on Sunday 5 December.

The festive event drew everyone from couples to multi-member families, schools to local businesses and even four-legged Santas of the canine variety!

Sarah Brown (pictured above wearing number 390) and her family were running in memory of Sarah’s Dad, David Allington, who passed away at Katharine House in October. Running with a picture of David pinned to her back, Sarah said: “It was all the more special this year as last time we ran the Santa Fun Run in 2019 it was with my Dad. 

First-time Santa Fun Runners, the Dixey family, took on the 5k with kids and pram! Between them they have raised £1,000 through sponsorship.

Kimberley said: “We took part in the fun run and raised money for Katharine House in memory of my Dad who passed away earlier this year after a battle with prostate cancer. Katharine House did so much for my Dad during his fight and also made him comfortable in his last few days.”

Events Project Manager Helen Lerwill said: “It was just so wonderful to see hundreds of Santas weaving their way around Spiceball Park again, especially after we were unable to do it last year.

“A huge thank you to everyone for taking part and to those who helped to make the event such a success. The support of our community is fundamental to our patients, the hospice simply wouldn’t be here without you.”

A variety of photos taken on the day can be viewed on our Facebook account here.

Katharine House Hospice