Last call for entries for local hospice, Dorothy Houses’ 9th annual Santa and Elf run on 8 December.

The 2.5k or 5k fun run is open to all ages and will be held at Bath Spa Univerity near Newton St Loe (BA2 9BN). Last year almost 300 runners took part in the fun run and raised over £11,000 of vital funds to support the work of the hospice and the charity is hoping to exceed this sum in 2019.

Dorothy House’s Santa and Elf Run will be held at the Bath Spa University for the second year and local people are invited to join in the fun and run or walk either the 2.5km or 5km route with adults dressed as Santa and children as Christmas Elves.  The race is open to the whole family and will include rural footpaths, a castle, a lake, a garden temple and there’ll be an exciting Snow Station to run through in the scenic grounds of the University.  Dogs are welcome to take part in the fun run.

Families, friends and supporters are welcome to cheer the runners on and sprinkle biodegradable snow on them as they pass by.  Festive fancy dress is encouraged for all and refreshments will be available to buy at the University Refectory so it’s an event for everyone to enjoy.

The fun run starts at 11am on 8 December with registration from 10am and a warm-up session at 10.50am.  Entry costs £15 for 12+ years and £7.50 for 2-11 year olds.  All 12 + year old participants will receive a Santa suit at registration and 2-11 year olds will receive an Elf hat included in their entry fee plus free refreshments after the run.  All runners aged 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

All adult entrants are asked to raise sponsorship or make a donation in lieu of sponsorship to help support patient care at Dorothy House Hospice Care.  After the Santa & Elf Run, runners and spectators are invited to nearby Newton Farm Foods shop and café (BA2 9BT) for a Crafts and Carols event 11am-3.30pm on 8 December in aid of Dorothy House.

Emily Knight, Event Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care said; “This is the perfect event for all members of the family as well as more serious runners as the fun run has both a 2.5k and 5k route. We can’t wait to see all the Santas and elves enjoying the exciting course at Bath Spa University to raise money for their local hospice. Why not sign up the whole family!”

Steph Millard from Bath, sister of Benj Millard who died of cancer earlier this year aged 33 years said: “Last year’s Santa & Elf Run was an emotional but amazing day and will always be a very special memory for my family. It meant so much for Benj and our family to see a 40-strong group of friends and supporters taking part in his honour. This year Benj’s family and friends are taking part again in his memory and will raise money for the amazing Dorothy House who cared for him in his precious last few weeks.”

Amanda Dow, from Leigh on Mendip near Radstock said; “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Santa & Elf Run again this year with my family and friends. This is the third year I have done the fun run to raise funds for Dorothy House. I’m running in memory of my dear Mum, Hilary Fisher who was cared for by the brilliant staff at the Hospice.  I’d highly recommend signing up for the run, there’s a fun atmosphere for all ages and it’s great to be able to give something back for such a fantastic cause.”

Dorothy House provides free, palliative and end of life care for people living with a life-limiting illness in Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset and Somerset.

To sign up for the event: bit.ly/SantaElfRun
For more information: dorothyhouse.org.uk / 01225 721 480