Santas limber up for dash on Prom

Trinity supporter Linda Nolan will be there on the day offering support.

Trinity supporter Linda Nolan will be there on the day offering support.

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There are only four days to go before a section of Blackpool’s Promenade becomes a sea of running Santas.

The stunt has been organised by Trinity Hospice, and all proceeds are going through our Hospice Heroes appeal to the Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, to fund its first major refurbishment in its 28-year history.

The work, due to start soon, will see single rooms created for privacy and dignity, as well as much needed improvements to the building and furniture, much of which hasn’t been replaced since it opened in 1985.

At Brian House children’s hospice, on the same site, the bedrooms will be made brighter and safer, the living area will be extended and the kitchen will be improved to allow more independence for older children.

The Santa Dash will set off from the Sandcastle water park at 11am on Sunday and take a 3km route to Central Pier and back. Each participant will be dressed as Father Christmas.

Trinity supporter Linda Nolan says she will be there on the morning to offer her support to the hundreds of people taking part.

She said: “Of course I will be there.

“I’m not sure I can take part in it, but I’ll come down and try and bring recruits to support the people who are.”

Yesterday we announced Blackpool’s champion boxer Brian “The Lion” Rose will be starting the Dash after he visited the hospice.

It’s not too late to sign up to take part. Visit www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/hospice-heroes and follow the Santa Dash link.