The Helston Bowling Club provided the meeting place for the 2016 Santa supporters who added to the festive atmosphere in the town. As Wendy Wheatley from BBC Radio Cornwall set them off a rolling tide of red made its way up the main street as the participants headed off on either a short or a longer route. Each was making a difference, as Sam Pleasants, Ward Sister at St Julia’s Hospice, explains;

“It costs £27 an hour to care for one in-patient so each and every person taking part in the Helston Fun Run has made a difference. Their support allows us to look after those who are struggling with life limiting illnesses and their families. This we can do at no cost to them thanks to all our fundraising supporters so from all of us at the charity, thank you!”

Rowan Blewett was the event organiser at Helston;

“Some of our runners had really gone to town on their costumes and the outfits for their dogs, and the atmosphere was really jolly. The dry weather helped too and the 161 Santas made a fine sight as they raced up the main shopping street. I’d like to thank all the participants, BBC Radio Cornwall, Helston Bowling Club who are amazing hosts, Justine Hornsby from the Christmas Lights Committee, Cornwall and Devon 4x4, The Co-Op for the mince pies, Lifestar Medical, Helston Museum and JP Fitness Cornwall.”

Helston was the final town to host a Santa Fun Run for Cornwall Hospice Care this winter and a number of schools have also supported the initiative, hosting their own Santa Runs on their premises.