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Santas suit up for charity fun runs

Santas suit up for charity fun runs

Tara O'Connor

Santas suit up for charity fun runs

Santa Claus came to town at two separate festive runs on Sunday.

More than 500 runners in fancy dress took part in the 5k Santa Fun Run for Alzheimers Dementia Support at Dorney Lake, with volunteers helping the Maidenhead-based charity run the event on the day.

For the first time, the annual event attracted participants from home and abroad, including Andres Espana, who had travelled from Spain to run with family and friends and was first past the finishing line.

Organisers expect more than £15,000 was raised from the run.

David Jannetta, chairman of Alzheimers Dementia Support, said: “It will be spent to support the needs of people living with dementia, their carers and families.”

A camera crew from ITV was also at the event to capture the activities of a woman involved in filming for ‘This Time Next Year’, a show presented by Davina McCall which is due to air next year.

Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) opened the event and all finishers were congratulated and presented with a medal and a goodie bag by the Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Sayonara Luxton (Con, Sunningdale).

Actress Sue Holderness, best known as Marlene from Only Fools and Horses, and popstar Josh Cuthbert from Union J turned out to support the charity.

Twelve soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment based in Windsor also attended.

On the same day, Thames Hospice held a Santa Dash at Swinley Forest in Bracknell.

More than 600 people took part in the event and raised more than £25,000 for the charity which supports people in East Berks and South Bucks.

Alison Evans, head of community, events and fundraising at the Windsor-based charity, said: “I was amazed at the amount of people who took part.

“It was emotional but really good fun.”

The fundraiser who collected the most money will win a pair of flights to New York. The winner will be announced early next year.

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