Naomi House & Jacksplace, your local hospice charity for children and young adults, launches its virtual version of its much loved annual Santa Fun Run.
The festive event traditionally sees hundreds of Santas running through the streets of Winchester, but due to the pandemic and the latest lockdown restrictions, this can no longer take place. But Christmas is never cancelled at Naomi House & Jacksplace and this year, participants are being encouraged to take part virtually in their local areas, keeping within Government guidelines.
Santas of any age can join in the festive fun, they just need to gather their household team, choose a location and a date sometime in December. Once registered, they will be sent a jolly red Santa suit, complete with fluffy white beard. Participants can walk, skip, jump or dance along their 5k route and if they raise a minimum of £25 towards the work of Naomi House & Jacksplace, the charity will present them with a medal to celebrate their achievement.
Participants will be supporting Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices at a time when the charity’s fundraising has been severely affected by the pandemic. Their charity shops have been forced to close and the majority of fundraising events cancelled. Despite the new lockdown measures, Naomi House & Jacksplace will remain open, staffed 24 hours a day, for families who are struggling, including those who need expert care in an emergency, following a hospital stay or at the end of a child’s life. In these challenging times, the charity needs support now more than ever.
Charlotte Patrick, Events Fundraiser at Naomi House & Jacksplace said:
Although we’re really disappointed that our normal event can’t take place in Winchester, we’re so excited to be able to encourage people to join in the fun in their local areas. This event is for all ages and we can’t wait to see the photos of everyone dressed up in their Santa suits – mums, dads, children, grandparents, work colleagues. Even though everyone has to be mindful of government guidelines due to the pandemic, they can still have loads of fun and laughs, whilst supporting local children and young adults with serious illnesses.
To register for the virtual Santa Fun Run and take part in the festive fun, visit naomihouse.org.uk/santa
Photo: Santa Run 2019