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Santa Spotted at Festive Fundraiser

Hundreds of participants raise money for Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice

Father Christmas and many of his festive fans dropped in for Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice’s third annual Santa Dash in Bexleyheath.

The iconic individual was impossible to make out amid the 500 other festive fun runners who had donned Santa suits to complete a 5km fun run, walk, jog round Danson Park in aid of the hospice.

People of all ages and fitness levels took part in the event bringing prams, babies and even their pets.

Last year the dash raised more than £9,500, enough to supply the inpatient unit with medicines for one month.

Community Fundraiser Megan Boyle, who organised the event, said: “We were overwhelmed by how popular the event was this year; we were fully booked with almost a week still to go. The dash really is an event for everyone and it was great to see people of all ages joining in, including those in buggies, wheelchairs and even a few festive-looking canine friends.”

“The event looks set to raise over £10,000, enough to supply the inpatient unit with medicines for an entire month; helping to keep our patients comfortable this Christmas.”

“Thank you to everyone who came along and took part. The event is always such a fun way to get Christmas started. We all left feeling very Christmassy and we hope you did too!”

The event was supported by the Rock Choir who performed some festive tunes for the participants to set off to. Local fitness instructor, Melissa from Bee Fun Fitness led the warm-up with music from DJ Ivan Mascarenhas and support from hospice friends England Athletics.  

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice provides free end of life care and support for families across Bexley and Greenwich.

To find out more about the Hospice’s festive fundraising activities, please visit www.communityhospice.org.uk or call 020 8319 9230.

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