On your marks for Santa Dash

Competitors in last year's Santa Dash.

Competitors in last year's Santa Dash.

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This year’s Santa Dash, organised by Trinity Hospice, is set to raise thousands of pounds for the Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal.

The Dash, which involves thousands of people walking, jogging or running from the Sandcastle Waterpark to Central Pier and back – around 3km – dressed as Father Christmas.

It’s the fourth time the hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, has put on the event, and last year it raised £20,000.

This year, organisers hope it will be bigger and better.

Trinity’s fund-raising manager Linzi Young said: “This year each dasher will be supporting The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes Appeal and we really would like to make it our most successful Santa Dash to date, so we are calling on all the community to sign up.

“It really is a great event for all the whole family, even the pet dog, and is a sure way getting everyone in to the festive spirit.”

Each “dasher” will get a free Santa suit after signing up, ready for the event on Sunday, December 1.

Money raised will go towards our Hospice Heroes appeal, which aims to raise £200,000 for a much-needed refurbishment at Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.

To sign up, visit our Hospice Heroes page. You can also call into the hospice or any of its charity shops.

DETAILS OF HOW YOU CAN DONATE OR GET INVOLVED ARE LISTED ON OUR DEDICATED HOSPICE HEROES PAGE.