A record number of Santa's dashed and dawdled around Hollingworth Lake this weekend. Despite Saturday's stormy weather the rain clouds cleared and the puddles dried just in time for Sunday morning’s Springhill Hospice fundraising event. This year the Hospice celebrated the event's 10th birthday with a bumper turnout of 616 Santa's.
"Fundraising volunteer Pearl Benbow created this event in 2005 with 87 Santa's getting involved, over the year's support for the Santa Dash has grown, last year seeing 400 Father Christmas's. When we counted up the numbers on Sunday morning we were astounded " said Community Fundraiser Lillie Winterbottom. Lillie added "It was a fantastic day, so many Santa's, so much support both from participants, sponsors, volunteers and of course the team at Hollingworth Lake Visitor's Centre"
"This is the highest number of participants we have ever had for an event like this, it's testament to the amazing support the community offers the Hospice. Last year 400 Santa's raised £15.5k which keeps the doors of the Hospice open for two whole days. This enables our doctors, nurses and counsellors to offer free of charge care to the community" said Sarah Ford, Springhill's Income Services Manager. "With 616 taking part this year we can only guess at how much money will be raised. Any amazing day, thank you to everyone involved".
If you missed out on this year's event, make sure you put the Santa Dash or Dawdle in your diary for 2016. Sunday 11th December. Keep an eye on the website for more information www.springhill.org.uk. In the meantime, visit the Hospice's Facebook page to have a look at all the amazing photo's of the day.