Santas on the run at Belvoir Castle boost Dove Cottage Hospice

Charity Santas make their way through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams

Charity Santas make their way through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams

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A total of 300 people donned Santa suits last Sunday to take part in the Dove Cottage Day Hospice Santa fun run – and raised over £5,000.

The large group of adults and children completed two different routes including a 5km and a 2.5km route around the picturesque grounds of Belvoir Castle.

They set off at 10.30am and the first runners were back at the finish line by 10.45am, with the rest following shortly behind.

Amanda George, fundraising administrator for Dove Cottage, said: “It was great to see so many people taking part and getting into the festive spirit, especially as this was the first time we’ve held a Santa fun run event.

“Everyone looked amazing in there Santa outfits and we even had a 93-year-old gentleman walk the course, which showed that anyone could complete the routes.

“Traditionally hundreds of people have strolled around Melton for our annual Moonlight Walk and so this offered something a little bit different.

“So far we already know £5,000 has been raised but once all the monies have been collected in we hope to have raised around £10,000, which is fantastic.”

Dove Cottage Day Hospice, in Stathern, offers day care to people living in north east Leicestershire and south east Nottinghamshire. Nearly 4,000 places are available each year for people with life-limiting conditions.