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Santa and reindeer runs raise money for Phyllis Tuckwell

Father Christmas hats, reindeer antlers and flashing noses were donned by fundraisers to raise money for charity

Fundraisers young and old from across the area have been getting festive and sporty in aid of local charities.

From Santa runs to jingle jogs and reindeer dashes, residents have been donning their best Christmas attire and getting into the competitive spirit.

The Queen’s Avenue Playing Fields in Aldershot were a sea of red on Sunday (December 15) for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice’s annual Santa and Rudolph Fun Run.

More than 150 people turned in out their festive outfits for the 11am start to run two laps of the playing fields, raising £1,600 in entry fees with sponsorship money yet to be collected.

Laura Moody, an events fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell, thanked all those who took part. She said: “We are really pleased with the support despite the wet weather, and it was great to have over 150 rather soggy but happy Santas by the end of the run.”

She also reminded people there were still opportunities to raise money for the hospice over the Christmas period, by getting sponsored to dress as Santa for a day or holding a drinks party with friends.

 

Meanwhile, primary schools have been taking part in 'reindeer runs' to raise money for the Farnham-based hospice.

Parsonage Farm Nursery and Infant School in Cove took part on December 6. Pupils were sponsored to complete a certain number of laps around their school field or hall while sporting a pair of reindeer antlers and a flashing nose.

More than £2,000 was raised and a mince pie and coffee sale held after the run helped make a further £70.

Headteacher Kath Greenway said: “This is our second year taking part in the reindeer run and the kids had a great time.

“The whole school ran together and the parents came and watched so a good time was had by all.”

Pupils at St Peter’s, in Church Avenue, Farnborough, held their event on December 4 and raised more than £1,000 for the hospice.

 

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