Inclement weather fails to dampen the spirits of Clitheroe Castle Santa dashers

Despite howling winds and lashing rain, more than 47 people took part in the third Rosemere Santa Dash in Clitheroe Castle grounds on Saturday.


Delighted with the turn out, Louise Grant, who is the East Lancs fundraising co-ordinator for Rosemere, said: “A massive thank you and total respect to all our Santa dashers and strollers for turning out in not the best of weather conditions, among them Ribble Valley Mayoress Sarah Rainford.

This year's Santa dashers.

This year's Santa dashers.

"Our thanks also go to the borough’s Mayor Coun. Stuart Carefoot and Bill Honeywell for starting the event and staying on to the end to cheer everyone home alongside a team from Up and Active, which came, bearing gifts, to support those taking part.

"In addition, the ladies of the Trinity hub were brilliant in reviving all of us with their hot brews."

She added: “When the howling wind and lashing rain woke me at 3 am that morning, I was sure the dash would have to be cancelled but thankfully, a hardy band of 47 participants was willing to battle through the elements!”

Many of those who took part in the Santa Dash, which raised £236-58 with a further £110-90 raised over at Clitheroe Market where Rosemere had a fundraising stall, turned up in festive fancy dress.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. It does this by funding cutting edge equipment, research, training and other services that would otherwise be beyond limited NHS resources. For more details on its work and how to donate, visit www.rosemere.org.uk