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FROM dogs to dads - more than one hundred fundraisers donned Father Christmas suits and made a charity dash through a Suffolk town.

FROM dogs to dads - more than one hundred fundraisers donned Father Christmas suits and made a charity dash through a Suffolk town.

The annual Bury St Edmunds Santa Run took place yesterday with shoppers lining the streets as the sea of red-suited runners came through the town centre.

This year's event in aid of the East Anglian Children's Hospices' (EACH) was kicked off by popular ex-Ipswich Town defender Fabian Wilnis.

Rain showers failed to dampen the spirits of participants who took on the new 3km course starting and finishing at the Arc shopping centre.


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There was an extra festive feel to the event with the Santas, spanning all ages, weaving their way through the town's Christmas Fayre.

Every year the run raises tens of thousands of pounds for the charity who provide care and support for life-threatened children and their families.

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Lindsey Newton, press officer for EACH, said: “We are absolutely over the moon with the support we got.

“Lots of people turned out and everyone had big smiles and some even got their dogs dressed up - people really went to town on it.

“We want to thank everyone involved - it means so much to us.”

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