Lockdown Santas can still virtually fun run for Hospice


Katharine House opens sign-up for families, friends, individuals and schools to join in with the 2020 Virtual Santa Fun Run

Entry is now open for the annual Katharine House Hospice Santa Fun Run – this year running virtually.   The Hospice is offering different challenges as it finds ways of carrying on with one of its major fund raising campaigns as the country gets used to another lockdown.

The festive period is an important fund raising time for the Hospice. Cherida Plumb, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at Katharine House, told Banbury FM: “Christmas is normally flat out for us.   For the last couple of years we’ve had Christmas Wrapping at Castle Quay, we’ve been collecting and had our big Christmas appeal, the Santa Fun Run and Lights Of Love.   Its normally a really busy time.”

For 2020’s Virtual Santa Fun Run the Hospice is hoping local schools will get involved.   Primary and secondary pupils are being encouraged to run in their bubbles.   A competition will see which school can sign up the most pupils and prizes will be given for the youngster that raises the most money.

Families and members of the public are being offered two ways of joining in.   Simply Santa is a personal festive challenge to run, jog or walk for 5k or 30 minutes.   Social Santa invites friends, families or colleagues to form a virtual relay team each running, jogging or walking a 5k or 30-minute leg of the virtual relay.

Both options encourage people to share a Silly Santa Selfie.

Cherida said: “The COVID lockdown has severely restricted our fund raising this year.   We were already facing a deficit, but that deficit has increased over the last couple of months so we really need people to get out there and support us.”

The Schools Santa Relay is happening between the 1st and 11th of December.   Simply Santa and Social Santa are set for Sunday December 13th.

This year’s Virtual Santa Fun Run forms part of a 12 Days Of Christmas programme with a number of opportunities for families to get involved.   You can find out more on the Katharine House Hospice website and read more about the Santa Fun Run here.

Listen to our interview with Cherida Plumb from Katharine House here:

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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