While the real Father Christmas works flat out for his annual journey around the globe, hundreds of Santa fans are preparing to use his famous suit to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care.  The Cornish charity is hosting its 2014 Santa series and this year there are seven events across the county to choose from.

The series starts on Wednesday 26th November when Cornwall Hospice Care organise a late night run in Truro city and it ends on Sunday 21st December with a Santa sprint on the beach at Marazion. In between there’s a run at Bodmin on 29th November, a cycle and fun run at Padstow on Saturday 6th December, another event at Heartlands, Redruth on Sunday 7th December and a beach run at Newquay on Sunday 20 December.   Sandwiched in amongst all these dates is a Rudolph versus Santa event at Falmouth on Saturday 13th December.

As Lindsay Opie, Major Events Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care, says it’s a great way to build up to Christmas;

“Our Santa series is all about having fun while raising money so we can continue to provide free care at our two Cornish hospices for patients and their families.  Yes our work providing special care is serious, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy raising money at this special time of year.  Our events give you the opportunity to run, jog, walk or cycle in free Santa suits or in Antlers and Reindeer brown shirts. All we ask in return is that you raise at least £20.14 in 2014. I can tell you now there’s nothing quite as spectacular as a flock of Santa’s racing towards you or as will happen at Falmouth, a stand-off between the Santas and the Reindeers!  Please come and join us.”

To find out more about the Cornwall Hospice Care Santa Series 2014 please visit www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk

Lindsay again;

“If you need inspiration, please visit our website and watch some of the stories we are now featuring on video where people talk about their personal experiences of Cornwall Hospice Care. At present Bernadette from Penzance is talking about the care she and her late husband received at St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle and next week it will be the turn of George from Truro. He’s been visiting Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell every week for the last four years and says it’s like his second home.”  

These pictures show Cornwall Hospice Care’s giant Santa, some of the charity’s staff and volunteers gathered at Santa’s feet and a close up of the Cornwall Hospice Care staff and volunteers including, (from left to right) Lindsay Opie, Mike Voyzey, Rose Beattie, Tracey Hawley, Kayden Beattie in front, Steve Brandon and Alisha Beattie.