In pictures: Santa dash raises cash for hospice charity

In pictures: Santa dash raises cash for hospice charity

Paul Miles

In pictures: Santa dash raises cash for hospice charity

Fun runners pulled on Father Christmas outfits on Sunday to help raise valuable cash for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The charity's first Santa Dash saw about 180 people of all ages tackle a 5km route around Home Park in Windsor, generating more than £5,000 for the charity.

Following an energetic warm up session which saw Christmas songs blasted out across the park, runners limbered up at the start line raring to go. 

Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and patron of the charity, Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen, got the event underway.

Participants then either chose to jog or run two laps of the Home Park perimeter, ending up back where they started.

Co-organiser of the event and fundraiser for the charity, Julia Phillipson, said: "For our first go, it was absolutely overwhelming. We did get to a stage were we could not take any more people."

"It kick-started Christmas for all of us."

Also joining in the run was fundraiser Fiona Devine, her husband John and her son Harry.

The Dedworth-based family set up the charity in memory of their son Alexander, who died of a brain tumour.

They hope to raise £5million to build a hospice in Maidenhead.

Last month the family kick-started a two year campaign to pay for the hospice.

"It will be definitely here next year," Julia said of the Santa Dash.

"We want to encourage even more families to come along."

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