It's Santa hats off to a warm welcome for Rosemere dashers

Santa hats off from Louise (right) to the Atriums Daniel Clark for'supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundations annual Castle Park Santa'Dash/Stroll.
Santa hats off from Louise (right) to the Atriums Daniel Clark for'supporting Rosemere Cancer Foundations annual Castle Park Santa'Dash/Stroll.
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It’s Santa hats off to staff at Clitheroe’s Atrium Café Bar, who will again be serving free refreshments to all finishers in Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s second annual Castle Park Santa Dash/Stroll, which takes on Saturday, December 9th.

Everyone who completes the one mile tree-lined, paved run around the park’s playing field, which is open to all ages, receives a certificate.

And dashers and strollers just need to present their certificate at the Atrium that morning to be rewarded with a hot or cold drink.

This year’s run, like last year’s, will be started at 10am by businessman, charity champion and double cancer survivor Bill Honeywell, who received the British Empire Medal in 2014 for his fundraising for a number of cancer charities, including Rosemere Cancer Foundation. It is also again being supported by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Up and Active team.

Louise Grant, Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s East Lancs fundraising co-ordinator, said: “Our dash/stroll is very much a family event. It’s fantastic when participants dress up in Christmas hats, jumpers and costumes. It’s also lovely when they proudly display the name of someone they are dashing or strolling in memory of on their outfit.

“This year is a special year for us as we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Rosemere Cancer Centre, which is Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital. It provides all radiotherapy treatment, specialist diagnostics and surgery plus complex chemotherapy for patients from throughout the region, which obviously includes the Ribble Valley.”

Louise added: “We have a £1.5 million birthday appeal running, our 20 Years Anniversary Appeal, to fund a trio of ground-breaking projects at the centre. Santa Dash/Stroll entry fees and any sponsorship money raised will be put towards it so we are hoping that people in Clitheroe and its surrounding villages will turn out in force to support the event.”

To register for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s Castle Park Santa Dash/Stroll, simply log on to or call 01772 522913.

Adult entry is £5. Accompanied children aged 12 and under can enter for free. Would-be dashers and strollers can also just turn up on the day but if planning to do that, should arrive early.

As well as supporting Rosemere Cancer Centre, Rosemere Cancer Foundation funds projects to bring world class cancer treatment and services to another eight hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria where cancer patients are treated, including Burnley General Hospital, where it is helping to fund a brand new chemotherapy unit that will be officially opened next month, and the Royal Blackburn Hospital. Further information on its work can also be found at