Santas fill the streets of Redditch for charity

By Ian Dipple Sunday 08 December 2013 Updated: 08/12 13:34

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Buy photos » (back) Bert Clemson, Neill Butson, Charlotte Lostitch, Katy Lavender, (front) Phil Wells, Robert Boyce with Jessie Dog and Alexis Hibell at the start line. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

SCORES of Santas took to the streets of Redditch to raise money for charity.

About 100 jolly residents dressed up as Father Christmas to take part in the Santa Dash in aid of the Primrose Hospice on Sunday (December 8).

Members of Pure Gym, due to open in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre next week, were there to warm up the crowd to some Christmas classics with the help of Heart FM breakfast presenters Ed James and Rachel New, who also presented the runners with their medals afterwards.

The challenge was to run, jog or walk around a special mile long circuit around the town centre as many times as possible in an hour, to raise money for and awareness of the work of the hospice so it can continue to offer medical, emotional, spiritual and practical support to people with life limiting illnesses.

Lucy Baylis, the hospice's community fund-raiser, said: "We're pleased with the support of the public, I hope everyone enjoyed it and look forward to seeing them again next year.

"It means a lot to us, it's not just about raising funds but about raising the profile of the hospice. Unfortunately many people don't know what the hospice is and how important it is until it actually touches their lives so we're trying to spread the word."

Among those taking part was Church Hill resident Charlotte Lostitch who said she wanted to run because "I'd like to think if I was ill someone would be there to help me."

Fellow runner Robin Taylor added: "It was a bit of fun, got us into the Christmas mood and raised a lot of money for a worthy cause."

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Buy photos» The Santas enjoy the warm up by members of Pure Gym. Picture by Ian Dipple (s).

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Buy photos» The Santas set off on the one mile route around the town centre. Picture by Ian Dipple (s)

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Buy photos» Phil Mancell and son Jake, seven, were among those taking on the Santa Dash challenge. Picture by Ian Dipple (s)

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