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Santa dash raises more than £6,000 for Kenton charity

PUBLISHED: 14:45 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:55 18 December 2015

Hundreds took part in the Santa Dash

Hundreds took part in the Santa Dash

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More than 300 Santas hit the streets in a charity dash that raised more than £6,000 for a charity in Kenton.

Debbie O'Grady, far left, with other SantasDebbie O'Grady, far left, with other Santas

People of all ages donned festive outfits and walked three miles in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, receiving a medal and a mince pie when they reached the end of the route in Pinner.

The hospice, which is in Kenton Road, looks after terminally or chronically ill residents from Brent and Harrow, and offers support to their families.

Santas of all ages took partSantas of all ages took part

Debbie O’Grady, whose husband passed away in June, took part in the charity mission.

She said: “Luke’s were so kind in there and it was nice to know he was being cared for.

The dash raised more than £6,000The dash raised more than £6,000

“It’s the third year I’ve done the Santa Dash with my kids, it’s fantastic. Everyone is wearing the same suits but we look so different. There’s a brilliant atmosphere here.”

Marigo Sevastopulo, who also took part, added: “It’s great fun and nice to raise money for the Hospice. It’s such a great cause and it’s something the whole family can get involved in.”

Pam Russell, St Luke’s director of fundraising, said: “It was good to see Santas of all ages coming together to help patients at St Luke’s.

“We rely on the support of the public for 75 per cent of the funds we need to provide free hospice care to the people of Harrow and Brent.

“The £6,000 raised to date could fund 100 home care visits for our patients, enabling them to be cared for in the comfort of their home.”

Fore more information about St Luke’s visit stlukes-hospice.org.

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