More than 600 Santa’s descended on Cannon Hill Park today to raise vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
The annual Acorns Santa Run saw festive fundraisers get suited-up for a sponsored dash around the city centre park, raising money to help the charity continue its vital work providing care for children and young people and support for their families.
Runners were given a free Santa suit and took part in either a 5km Santa Run or a 2km Santa Stroll, for those who wanted to take things slightly easier.
Fundraisers at Birmingham’s most festive fun run also enjoyed a Christmas village with a live band, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, stalls and face painting.
The Santa Run is one of the charity’s most popular events and as a thank you to all those taking part; participants were given free entry to the National Sea Life Centre.
Sarah Bowron, Events Manager at Acorns, said: “The Santa Run was the perfect way to start the festive season! It was fantastic to see hundreds of Santas in Cannon Hill Park and we’re really grateful to everyone who took part – it feels like Christmas has well and truly arrived.”
Acorns, which has hospices based in Walsall, Worcester and Selly Oak, offers a network of care for life-limited children and support to their families across the West Midlands. In the last year, Acorns has supported over 830 children and more than 1,060 families, including those who are bereaved.
Sarah continued: “We rely on fundraising and donations for the majority of our income, so events like the annual Santa Run in Birmingham have a real impact. It’s not only a great way of having fun but it also helps us carry on our work.”
To find out more about the work of Acorns Children’s Hospice and how you can help raise vital funds please visit www.acorns.org.uk.