Hundreds of Santas in run for hospice

SCORES of Santas have today raised sled loads of cash for charity in a sponsored run in an Ipswich park.More than 200 people donned Santa's famous red robes and displayed some festive spirit to raise money for The East Anglia's Children's Hospices by completing a two kilometre course.

SCORES of Santas have today raised sled loads of cash for charity in a sponsored run in an Ipswich park.

More than 200 people donned Santa's famous red robes and displayed some festive spirit to raise money for The East Anglia's Children's Hospices by completing a two kilometre course.

The event, held today at Christchurch Park, is believed to have raised between £5,000 and £10,000 for the charity.

It is the first time it has been held in Ipswich.

Organiser Simon Hempsall said: “It has been a great day for it and this has been fantastic for raising awareness.”

Participant Wendy Dye, 43, of Fornham All Saints, was one of four people who work for Ipswich Town Football Club taking part in the event.

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She said: “The players visit the hospices and it is nice to do our bit to raise money for them.

“It is a fun event and you raise money for a good cause at the same time.”

Jenny Knight, 67, of Ipswich, said: “I thought it was absolutely excellent and very well organised.

“It was great fun taking part.”

n. Are you raising money for charity in a festive fashion? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

n. See this website tomorrow to see video of the run and plenty more pictures.

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