Santas aplenty show Jack Frost they can't be beaten
Visitors to Hollingworth Lake will be greeted by an unseasonal sight on Sunday 28th January, as hundreds of red and white suited Springhill Santas show that not even snow, ice and plummeting temperatures can stop them supporting Springhill Hospice
For the last 12 years, the second Sunday in December has seen hundreds of Santas, San-teens and San-tinies, as well as four legged fundraisers, dashing or dawdling around sensational scenic paths around Hollingworth Lake, which is just one of the jewels in the crown of the Borough. But the Dash or Dawdle arranged as usual for 2017 just wasn't to be, seeing this festival fundraising being postponed for the very first time.
"The snow, strong wind and dropping temperatures proved too much for our Santas to endure, even for such a fantastic cause" said event organiser Lillie Winterbottom. "Even with the Met Office downgrading the forecast from amber to yellow, the bitterly cold overnight temperatures along with the snow already on the ground, gave us great cause for concern" added Lillie. "The prediction of ice developing overnight, covering the lake's paths, along with no gritting facilities for the Visitors Centre's warren of roads and car parks, we simply couldn't risk the safety of our Santas. After taking advice from the Met Office and the rangers that look after the beauty spot and with a heavy heart, we postponed the event".
However, Springhill's Santas weren't happy to let Jack Frost beat them, scuppering their efforts to have a good fun, healthy and community spirited family event for the Hospice. A heart warming 95% of those registered for the December event have decided to suit up, boot up and celebrate Christmas again in January 2018.
Over the last few weeks the fundraising team have been working hard to reorganise the Dash or Dawdle and are pleased to announce that it will now take place on Sunday 28th January.
The Hospice has received the stamp of approval from nearly all of those Santa who registered for the event in December which means that nearly 600 Santas will be taking part in "Dash or Dawdle - Santas Rebooted".
"The uptake of our January jog or jaunt, dash or dawdle, sprint or stroll, is testament to the 'help at all costs' attitude of our supporters, we're so very proud of them all. In fact, the few who can't take part are unable to get involved due to prior engagements" enthused Lillie.
Santas who didn't register for the event in December can still take part in the unseasonal spectacle in aid of Springhill by simply turning up to Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre from 9.30 am on Sunday 28th.
"This event raises a phenomenal amount of money for patient care at Springhill Hospice, nearly £20,000 being raised in 2016. We rely heavily on the support of our Santas, with their efforts raising enough money to fund Hospice care services for two entire days. We're hoping that the change of date won't dampen the generosity of our Santas’ sponsors" Lillie went on to explain.
Staff and volunteers at Springhill Hospice would like to send out a message of thanks to all those involved in rearranging the event, from Rochdale Council, the team at Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre, local businesses and residents, all the marshals who line the route to keep people safe, the Mayor of Rochdale, all of those involved with the event and especially to everyone who will be donning a Santa suit for Springhill. Simply amazing support from so many.
If you've got any questions about the rearranged event or arrangements for arrangements for the new event, contact Lillie on 01706 641790 (opt 1) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs: Hollingworth Lake Visitors Centre 9th December, Springhill Hospice 9th December and Santas aplenty enjoying 2016 Santa Dash or Dawdle