You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d landed in the North Pole if you walked past Essendene Lodge School yesterday (13 October) as pupils donned Santa suits, hats and beards in support of St Catherine’s Hospice upcoming Santa Run.
This is the fourth year Essendene Lodge School pupils have taken part in Caterham’s family friendly Santa Run and this year, they’re working hard on getting some early training in so why not join them?
St Catherine’s Caterham Santa Run will bring together crowds of lookalike Santas to run 3km and raise money for their local hospice. Taking place at Caterham School on 22 November, festive funrunners will complete a loop of the school grounds, returning to the start line for a congratulatory medal and mince pie. It’s the perfect way to #getelfy and raise money for a great claus.
Michaela Clements, Events Fundraiser at St Catherine’s, said: “Last year more than 100 runners took part in our Caterham Santa Run. This year, we hope to see even more people coming out to put on a Santa suit and support St Catherine’s. Each year, it costs us £180,000 to fund our care during the 12 days of Christmas and your support will help us to continue to be there for patients and their family and friends throughout the festive season and to make sure their Christmas is as special as possible.”
Pre-event early bird registration (before Friday 30 October) costs just £10 for adults, £5 for under 16’s and £25 for a family of four.
Each year, St Catherine’s cares for over 2,000 patients and Santa runners are encouraged to raise extra funds to support their local hospice if they can. 80 per cent of the care St Catherine’s provides is in the comfort and familiar surroundings of patients’ own homes, including across Caterham. Just £46 would pay for a one hour home visit from one of the hospice’s Practical Care Team, allowing local Caterham residents to remain in their home with those closest to them over the festive season.