Terri starts world's biggest Santa run

TERRI Calvesbert looked the part as she dressed up as Santa Claus along with 4,000 others running for charity.Terri was invited to start the Santa Run in Newtown, Wales, on Sunday after the organisers had read about her ordeal.

TERRI Calvesbert looked the part as she dressed up as Santa Claus along with 4,000 others running for charity.

Terri was invited to start the Santa Run in Newtown, Wales, on Sunday after the organisers had read about her ordeal.

Terri, now seven, was burned in a house fire at her home in Orwell Heights, Ipswich, in 1998 shortly before her second birthday.

Although she suffered 90 per cent burns her and her father, Paul, campaign tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for the several operations she will need throughout her life.

Mr Calvesbert, who lives in the Whitehouse area, said: "The day was lots of fun and even the weather held out for us.

"We went to Wales the night before and met with all the organisers and volunteers for Dial-A-Ride, the charity which held the event.

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"When we were first asked to come it sounded like it would be a fun event but you cannot understand what 4,000 Santa's will look like until they are right in front of you - it was certainly a spectacular sight."

It is thought more than 200 of the Santas completed the 4.5 mile run in aid of The Terri Calvesbert Appeal and many more handed Terri and her farther cheques on the day.

He added: "On the day Terri wandered around meeting everyone and stopping for a chat.

"They all seemed so pleased to meet her and it was great to be given the cheques - although we don't as yet know how much the event has raised for her appeal."

Runner Matthew Gurmin, 32, of south Wales, won the race for the second year in a row, completing the course in 21 minutes and six seconds.

But some competitors may not have made it to the finishing line quite so

quickly - organisers claim that many stop off for a festive tipple at each pub

along the route.

Last year's event raised more than £150,000, with the cash split between

Newtown and District Dial A Ride and charities selected by the runners.

The total raised so far by the Evening Star's Terri Calvesbert Appeal stands at around £300,000.

To make a donation please make all cheques payable to the Terri Calvesbert Appeal and send to Geraldine Thompson editor's secretary, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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