Hardy fund-raisers dressed up to take part in an annual Santa Dash in aid of St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice.

More than 250 people braved the wind and rain to take part in the event at Cheshire’s Oulton Park race circuit.

The brave Santas, some as young as 18 months old, completed a 5km lap of the circuit either by walking, running, cycling or on scooters.

Some were even wrapped up warm and pushed in their prams by their Santa parents.

The event raised about £14,000 for the hospice.

Jane Thompson, event organiser, said: “This is the first time we have had rain but everyone came full of Christmas spirit determined to enjoy the Dash and to raise much needed funds for their local hospice.”

There was also a farmers’ market, a Christmas trees sale, and a visit from Santa on the hospice’s own red double-decker bus.

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