Santa dash event raises £14k for St Luke’s hospice in Kenton

More than 350 Santas took part in the dash (Pic: St Luke's)

More than 350 Santas took part in the dash (Pic: St Luke's) - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of ‘Santa’ took part in a Christmas charity mission which raised more than £14,000 for a hospice in Kenton.

The annual St Luke’s Santa Dash took place yesterday where 350 adults, children, babies in buggies and even dogs walked, jogged or ran the three-mile route around Pinner.

All participants received a medal and a festive mince pie at the finish line.

The money raised will go to the hospice in Kenton Road, which cares and supports residents in Brent and Harrow who are suffering from a chronic or terminal illness.

Marie Claire Church, who took part with a group of friends and her daughter, said: “My daughter has taken part in a previous Santa Dash and she wanted to do it again. It’s a lot of fun and would recommend others to take part in the future.

“St Luke’s is a worthwhile cause and I know family and friends who have used the hospice.”

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

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“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 £14,000 raised to date could help relieve symptoms including pain, breathlessness, nausea and anxiety by paying for the cost of 330 complementary therapy sessions.”

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