Runners get in festive spirit for charity Santa Dash
Dozens of Santas took to the streets of Clitheroe on Saturday for the town’s 2016 Santa Dash.
The event saw 50 dashers and some four-legged pooches put their best foot/paw forward to support Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
Sounding the siren at 10 am to officially start the dash/stroll, charity champion Bill Honeywell, a double cancer survivor, who in 2014 was awarded the British Empire Medal for his fundraising for cancer charities, including Rosemere, was delighted to see so many people turn out in force for the charity event. Also present was Clitheroe’s the Rev. Andy Froud.
Welcoming finishers home was James Harper, who recently took on The Atrium in the castle grounds next to Clitheroe Museum. James invited all dashers and strollers to enjoy a free hot drink on him at the Atrium. On presentation of a finishers’ certificate, they chose either a cup of tea or a filter coffee.
James said: “I have to work so unfortunately, I can’t take part in the dash/stroll. Providing a warming cuppa is therefore my way of supporting Rosemere and showing appreciation for people willing to give up their time and energy to put others first and participate in the event in what is a very busy period for most in the run up to Christmas.”
All money raised on Saturday is going towards Rosemere’s work to bring world class cancer services and treatments to local cancer patients via their local hospitals. Over the last 12 months, the charity has given East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Burnley General and the Royal Blackburn Hospitals, £160,000 to spend on equipment and facilities.