Ipswich: Charitable Santas raise thousands for children’s hospices

Santas warm up before the East Anglia's Children's Hospice Santa Run starting at Marshall's Kia in Ipswich. Santas warm up before the East Anglia's Children's Hospice Santa Run starting at Marshall's Kia in Ipswich.

Saturday, December 7, 2013
1:05 PM

Charitable Santas raise thousands for children’s hospices

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A festive “sea of red” filled the streets of a Suffolk business park yesterday as more than 100 Santas – and a dog – took part in a charity fun run.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ Santa Run has raised a “comfortable” £3,500 in aid of children with life-threatening illnesses with hopes for far more in sponsorship.

Hannah Bloom, Suffolk partnerships manager, said the charity was “really pleased” with the first of its festive events at Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, and thanked all the businesses that took part.

“It was a really lovely atmosphere and quite a sight to see all the Santas running around the corner – it was like a sea of red, it was fantastic,” she said.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part.

“Over 70% of our money comes from the local community and events like this are important for us to be able to carry on delivering care for the children with life-limiting illnesses in East Anglia.”

The participants, including a Labrador puppy, gathered at the Kia Marshall dealership for a warm-up session before completing one or two laps of the 2.5km race circuit.

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