On 9 December more than 2,500 Santas braved the cold weather in London to take part in the annual Santa Fun Run. Organised by Do It For Charity, the Santa Run this year involved various different charities, including Help the Hospices, with a contingent of runners donning their Santa suits and running either the five or 10 kilometre route. See images above.
Santa has been a busy man, taking time to visit various hospices throughout the country. At Keech Hospice Care in Streatley, Santa flew in from Lapland to visit children and distribute presents with Thomson the dog.
In Leeds, Santa arrived in a helicopter, delighting the children at Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Children’s Hospices South West received a biker boost when hundreds of motorcyclists dressed in festive fancy-dress for a charity ride.
In East London a pack of penguins took part in a 2km dash through Spitalfields to raise money for Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice received festive cheer from students at Sheffield Park Academy, who recorded a festive song ‘Stand Together’ to raise money for the hospice.
Overgate Hospice’s choir performed at Halifax Minster on 22 December, with all proceeds from the concert going to the hospice.
The festive spirit hit employees of Southern Water, who dressed as Santa for the day in aid of St Barnabas House in Worthing.
And the East Cheshire Hospice was the recipient of Wilmslow Prep School’s Reindeer Ramble, where more than 100 students took to the centre of Wilmslow dressed as reindeers.