Santa Dash

A children’s hospice charity is calling on all Santas to take a break from toy-making and tackle the Nantwich Santa Dash.

The annual run will take place on Sunday December 16 and will see scores of Santas tackling either a 2.5km or a 5km route.

It’s a sponsored event which will raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospices.

The event is sponsored by Tarporley-based recycling firm Recycling UK Ltd who also own Oswestry Waste Paper.

Hope House Children’s Hospices area fundraiser Hannah Robinson says she’s hoping to see Santas from across Cheshire, North Wales and Shropshire don their red Father Christmas outfits

She said: “The response we have had to this year’s event has been amazing but we have lots of room for even more Santas.

“People can choose between the 2.5km run or the longer 5km event.

“Both start in Nantwich town centre and end at Town Square.

“The routes are suitable for all ages and anyone wishing to run, jog or walk will be equally welcomed and participants can dress in their own fancy dress.

“It costs £5 to enter and children are free but must have an adult running with them.

“Everyone will get a medal at the end and of course a mince pie!

“Those taking part need to be at Town Square ready to warm up at 10.45am.

“It’s vital we continue to raise funds to support local children and families when they need us most.

“No one should suffer the death of a child alone.

“Sadly, three local children die each week, and currently Hope House can only afford to help one of these families. We are committed to changing this.”

Recycling UK Group director Simon Marsden said: “This is our second year of sponsoring the Santa Dash and we are once again delighted to be able to help what is a wonderful and very worthy cause.

“One of our retired directors lived close to Hope House in Oswestry and after visiting the children’s hospice some years ago got us all involved in raising funds and we have enjoyed a close affinity ever since.

“We would love to see as many Santas in Nantwich as possible.

“Whether you live in Chester, Oswestry, North Wales or for that matter, anywhere else in the region please support this event and let’s make it a great Christmas for everyone at Hope House Children’s Hospices.”

To find out more about Hope House Children’s Hospices, the Santa Dash and other events visit

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