Santa fun run helps Vale’s Dove Cottage charity

Charity walkers make their way through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams
Charity walkers make their way through the Belvoir Castle grounds PHOTO: Tim Williams
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A total of 300 people donned Santa suits on 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.

Smiling Santas enjoy a pre-run warm up 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Smiling Santas enjoy a pre-run warm up 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

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.

The Vale of Belvoir provided a scenic setting for the Dove Cottage Santa fun run PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Vale of Belvoir provided a scenic setting for the Dove Cottage Santa fun run PHOTO: Tim Williams

“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.

l For more pictures of charity walkers dressed in their Santa outfits visit www.meltontimes.co.uk