Dashing into the Santa record books...

The Blackpool Santa Dash in aid of Trinity Hospice.

The Blackpool Santa Dash in aid of Trinity Hospice.

Trinity Hospice and Brian House bosses are hoping Sunday’s Santa Dash will herald a double record breaker for the charity.

The event along Blackpool Promenade saw a record number of people take part - at more than 1,100.

Families, celebrities and even hospice patients donned Santa suits to race from the Sandcastle Waterpark to just short of Central Pier and back.

Organisers said they hope this means they will top last year’s total raised, of more than £19,000, and are now encouraging people to get their donations in soon.

Linzi Young, (pictured below) the hospice’s fundraising manager, said: “We hope it will be a double record breaker, not just in terms of the numbers taking part, but also in the amount of money raised. It will take a while for all sponsorship and donations to reach us, but it has certainly given the Hospice Heroes appeal a massive boost.”

All proceeds from this year’s Santa Dash will go towards The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes campaign, which is working to raise £200,000 for Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice. The money will be used, together with £280,000 from the Department for Health, to fund the biggest redevelopment of the facilities since they were opened in 1985.

Ms Young added: “Santa Dash was a great way to start the festive season; it was wonderful to be part of an event that brings all parts of the Fylde coast community together.”

Continuing in the festive spirit, the hospice is this week welcoming small businesses and traders into the facilities on Low Moor Road for shopping week.

Ms Young added: “Stalls are set up in the Chapel area to enable patients to browse and do their Christmas shopping without having to rely on others. When you are too poorly to go out to the shops, it really means a lot to have the shops ‘come to you’.”



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